MLK Day event puts focus on being 'the Dream'

MLK Day event puts focus on being 'the Dream'

Tomorrow, the third Monday in January, is set aside nationally to honor the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday morning's MLK, Jr.

The winter weather has changed the schedule a bit for the Martin Luther King, Jr.

The event, which is free and open to all, is being organized jointly by the city's Health and Human Services Department, the school district's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Somerville Human Rights Commission.

During the press conference, President Trump quoted "Today we celebrate Dr. King for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear that no matter what the color of our skin, or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God". Patterson Students in Hope Hill's fifth-grade class at Washington Middle School wrote "I Have a Dream" speeches on Friday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

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After researching the "I Have a Dream" speech and Martin Luther King Jr., the Jamestown students were tasked with writing their own speeches. "I've grown up seeing all the history on his work and the wonderful things that Dr. King did".

Rod Sheppard, a member of the fraternity and chairman of this year's event, said 750-800 people are expected for the breakfast.

Pena said she appreciated how the committee is putting the "Be the Dream" theme into action by expanding the closing reception at 7 include a community resource fair with representation from several community organizations, including Unidos, the George Fox Center for Peace and Justice, Peace Village, Newberg Rotary and the Newberg Public Library.

It was developed in direct response to a need in the Oakland community for a musical celebration that brought the community together to honor one of history's most important African American civil rights leaders. King would also help with the 1962 and 1963 protests in Georgia and Alabama. "Most just think of it as a holiday that gives us a three-day weekend, and that's all they know".


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