Ventura County 32nd Annual MLK Day was awesome!

Excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birmingham Jail letter (okra.standford.edu)

We’ve also never had a president in recent memory so determined to drive us apart in order to splinter our resistance. So we asked everyone to come together to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and to commit to being part of that movement fighting for the equality he described so eloquently. If you weren’t able to make the event on Monday, here’s a quick update….

Here’s the VC Star’s report of the beginning of the morning’s march at Plaza Park in Oxnard and their picture of Congresswoman Brownley giving her speech.

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Here are some scenes along the march route…Lots of little kids, and everybody was enjoying the perfect day.IMG_4317IMG_4319

Some of the groups outside the Oxnard Performing Arts Center…

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The absolutely amazing Oxnard High School Band, with Andre Spence, Director, played outside the hall prior to the main program.

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(thekingcenter.org) “Every King Holiday has been a national “teach-in” on the values of nonviolence, including unconditional love, tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation, which are so desperately-needed to unify America. It is a day of intensive education and training in Martin’s philosophy and methods of nonviolent social change and conflict-reconciliation.”

And so it was. There were speeches to a packed house, by both adults and kids. The MLK choir from Bethel AME sang so beautifully we all had tears in our eyes. There were pop quizes on the life of MLK (When did he die? Was that the first assasination attempt? How many times did he get arrested? etc…). It finished with an rousing lecture on the meaning of MLK’s “radical love” from Dr. Gaye Johnson, the president of CAUSE and a professor at UCLA. Everything a MLK Day is supposed to be and more. If you missed it, be here next year.

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In the spirit of the “teach-in” – if you only have time to read one thing today – read his letter. This is what American History looks like.:

Birmingham Jail letter (okra.standford.edu)
There is so much in here that could have been written yesterday….

Some recommended reading after that.:

The Martin Luther King you don’t see on TV (fair.org)

Martin Luther King Jr.’s scorn for “white moderates” in his Birminham Jail letter. (WaPo)

Four ways we’ve Distorted the history of the Civil Rights movement (Slate)

Non-Violence in a violent world. (southseattleemerald.com)

Dr. William J. Barber II – Nothing would be more tragic than to turn back now. (nation)

Videos for inspiration

 

 

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