African American Student To Carry Olympic Torch

As we celebrate Dr Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and President Obama's call to service, meet Georgia native Crystal Hardy, who, at just a 20 years old, has already dedicated her life to the service of others, mainly by spearheading recycling initiatives in her community. Her volunteer work has earned her a spot as one of only 20 Americans to carry the Olympic torch to Vancouver, Canada to kick off the Winter Olympics later on today. The Georgia Southern University student spoke with ESSENCE.com about the Olympics and the importance of giving back. Inspired by Crystal's environmentalism? Here are 13 simple ways to go green. Find out which celebs are living an eco-chic lifestyle.
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