January 9, 2004

Dolores Huerta to Speak at NCCJ’s 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. “All Peoples’ Breakfast”

More than fifteen hundred San Diegans representing all races, cultures and religions will attend the 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “All People’s Breakfast” presented by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). The breakfast will take place at Golden Hall in the San Diego Concourse on Monday, January 19, 2004, at 8:00 am.

“Making the Practice of America Match the Creed of America” is the theme of this year’s breakfast. Ron Lanoue NCCJ’s Executive Director states, “Now, more than ever, the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — his qualities of the spirit, intellect and abiding faith in the better angels of our nature as a people — must guide us.”

Joining us as featured speaker this year is Dolores Huerta, cofounder of the United Farm Workers of America and a reagent of the University of California. Reverend King in all that he did for civil rights and social justice was attempting to make the American creed a reality for all its citizens. Ms. Huerta at the same time was doing the same thing here in California. As King wrote to the United Farm Workers the month before his assassination, “We are together with you in spirit and in determination that our dreams for a better tomorrow will be realized.”

Tickets are on sale now and may be ordered by calling the NCCJ office at (619) 521-2906. Tickets are $25 per person.

NCCJ is a human relations organization, founded in 1927 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Through its 60 regional offices around the United States, NCCJ works toward the elimination of bigotry and racism, in an effort to promote understanding and respect among all people through advocacy, conflict-resolution and education.

YMCA Hosts 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Over 700 people are expected to attend the YMCA of San Diego County’s 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast hosted by the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA on January 16, 2004 at 7 a.m. The breakfast will be held at the Scottish Rite Center at 1895 Camino del Rio South in San Diego (Mission Valley).

According to Michael Brunker, Executive Director of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA the breakfast is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and program highlights will include the presentation of the YMCA of San Diego County Human Dignity Award, a youth poetry tribute, and featured speaker Luis Natividad, Councilman, National City. For more information call (858) 292-4034.

Martin Luther King Celebration Set For January 18

A community celebration to commemorate the birthday, life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on sunday, January 18, at the Christ united Presbyterian Church, located at 3025 Fir at 30th Street, San Diego.

The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature a keynote address by the Reverend Dr. Kikanza Nuri Robins, a celebrated author, compelling speaker, and Presbyterian minister who grew up in San Diego. The theme is “The Dream Begins With Me.”

The celebration will include inspiring music provided by the Christ United Celebration Choir, under the direction of Dolores Stevens. The Christ United Youth Praise Dancers, directed by Lisa Payton, will also perform.

A special tribute will be presented to the co-founders of the celebration: The Reverend Dr. Ellis H. Casson, and the Reverend Dr. George Walker Smith.

The public is invited to attend the celebration. For information call (619) 239-2346.

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