January 13, 2006

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration & Parade in Stockton Community

The King Chavez Academies (Arts, Athletics and Primary) will celebrate the 77th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a community celebration and parade on Tuesday, January 17, 2006. An opening ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m in front of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. mural on the east side of the campus located at 415 31st St. in San Diego. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and march students around the school campus and community. The parade will end with a short ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in front of the school.

The opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m will feature student’s performances of drumming, song and recitation of King’s famous speech, Community leader Pastor Smith of Cavalry Baptist Church will speak encouraging students to live the dream of unity through love and non-violence. Award-winning children’s author Edith Hope Fine of Encinitas, California, will speak about her new MLK, Jr. Biography. Parents, dignitaries, and community members will join students, teachers and administrators for this assembly.

At the conclusion of the formal program students will take to the streets surrounding the King Chavez Academies from 10:30-11:30 a.m. carrying banners commemorating King and his work.

Upon returning to campus at 11:30 a.m., a short ceremony will take place in front of the school along the 31st Street to unveil the new sign of the King/Chavez Academies. This is the first year these three united charter schools have educated students on the former campus of Martin Luther King Elementary.  The change and new sign are symbolic of the rebirth taking place on the campus.

The King Chavez Academies join the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavéz by providing the opportunity for all children, regardless of ethnicity, income level or language to receive a quality education. The King Chavez mission is inspired by the work of these two great leaders: to seek excellence and equality in academics, arts and athletics from the foundation of Love.

18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – All People’s Breakfast - In the Face of the Storm

On Monday, January 16, 2006, the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission (HRC), the Interagency Coalition on Human & Civil Rights, and approximately 50 agencies and individuals will present the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – All People’s Breakfast - In the Face of the Storm, at the San Diego Convention Center.

This year’s keynote speaker is Nadine Strossen, national president American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Ms. Strossen, Professor of Law at New York Law School, has written, lectured and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. Since 1991, she has served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization.

“This year is another sell-out performance unifying the community in celebrating the life and work of a great civil rights leader. Our memory fades after 37 years.  We tend to remember that he was a preacher, a civil rights leader, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and a martyr on a postage stamp. We recognize that his work made a powerful impact on our civic life, but Dr. King was more than that!  He was a philosopher, a prophet, a poet and a visionary. He was a moral warrior and an apostle of nonviolence. He challenged this country, divided and fearful, to open itself up to the redemptive possibility of social justice, the safety of brotherhood and the peace of racial equality,” stated Ashley Walker, Executive Director, HRC and event chair.

More than 50 community organizations will display information outside the entrance. MoJo and the Vibration Army will perform in the community space area during registration and after the program.

For more ticket information, visit the website at: www.all peoplesbreakfast.org or contact the HRC at (619) 236-6420 or allpeoplesbreakfast@yahoo.com.

Students Host “I Care” Community Fair in Balboa Park Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Students using Youth Voice to advocate about social issues important to them

Join Volunteer San Diego on Saturday, January 14th, 2006, at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event from 1-4 p.m. in Balboa Park. Volunteer San Diego and the SAVY Leaders will host a community fair that will feature up to 19 different art and athletic booths and clinics.

This year, SAVY Leaders - Students Actively Volunteering for You - (30 local high school students) have decided to plan their service project around the issue of school budget cuts, specifically to art and athletic programs. Following the example of Dr. King, the SAVY Leaders are taking a non-violent stand for their right to a well-rounded education that includes quality academics as well as art and sports programs. 

Admission is free and we encourage all to support our local schools by bringing any of the following items to the event for donation: tissue boxes, dry eraser markers, overhead pens, Number 2 pencils, post-its, colored pencils, colored markers, spiral notebooks, highlighters, printer paper, glue sticks, scissors, construction paper, artist paint brushes, erasers, staple, and staplers. We are proud to honor the beliefs of Dr King, who said that ‘everyone can be great, because everybody can serve.’

For more information about the day’s events or how to get involved visit our website at  www.volunteersandiego.org and click on the Dr. MLK Jr. logo.

Acclaimed Activist and Comedian Dick Gregory to be keynote speaker at breakfast honoring Dr. King

Groundbreaking social satirist, Dick Gregory, friend to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and influential figure in the civil rights movement for more than 40 years, will deliver the keynote address at the United African American Ministerial Action Council (UAAMAC) 11th Annual Memorial Breakfast celebrating Dr. King.

This event will take place on Monday, January 16, 2006 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center located at Bayview Baptist Church, 6134 Benson Avenue, San Diego. There will be a one hour Gospel Prelude beginning at 7:30am. The opening invocation is scheduled for 8:30 am. Mr. Gregory’s keynote address is scheduled for 10:00 am.

The 11th Annual Memorial Breakfast’s theme is A View From The Mountaintop, recalling Dr. King’s prophetic last speech “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop.” In addition to Mr. Gregory, the program includes performances by the popular local gospel group, Brothers of Praise, and Sherehe Yamaisha Roze, a talented local poet.

Event tickets are $35 per person and $350 per table of ten. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowable by law. Proceeds benefit UAAMAC programs and administration.

A limited number of tickets are still available at the UAAMAC office at 995 Gateway Center Drive, Suite 302, San Diego, and at the Bayview Christian Cultural Bookstore at 6134 Benson Avenue, San Diego. For ticket information, please contact UAAMAC at (619) 264-1213, Ext. 205 or visit the website at www.uaamac.com.

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