Today, we’re going light on current politics and instead, concentrate on this day’s meaning and how grateful we are that a man like Martin Luther King, Jr. once walked our streets.
DID YOU MISS VENTURA COUNTY’S 35th ANNUAL MLK JR CELEBRATION DAY EVENT?
Well, you have another chance to see Ventura City Council Member Lorrie Brown sing the house down! You have a chance to hear Tamika Jean-Baptiste’s absolutely chilling story from her mother’s day gathering pecans and what she learned from her and her own experiences to get past fear, to demand respect and to keep her “cup filled.” What a compelling and inspirational speaker! There was music, and speeches, from young people, legislators and religious leaders, everything you could want from a MLK Day celebration from folks who’ve been doing this for 35 years. First time online? No problem! We had some great professionals who helped put it together. There will be a 4:30 pm rebroadcast at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center for an safely distanced outing for you and your family, like a drive-in movie. More information here: (https://www.mlkventuracounty.com)Help the MLK Jr. Committee keep this annual birthday tradition alive, along with celebrating the accomplishments of our county’s citizens and providing scholarships for students. This year they are selling a great T-shirt with the MLK logo on the front as a fundraiser. (https://www.mlkventuracounty.com/tshirt)
OK, MORE GREAT THINGS TO DO TODAY!
VIDEO: Watch the video from today’s Poor People’s Campaign video here. “Violence, Mobs and the Pandemic. Poor People’s Campaign shines a light on a way forward on MLK Day.” (https://www.facebook.com/RevDrBarber/videos/1037352206673080)
FILM: Monday 01/18/2021 – ONLINE – “We Cried Power – A documentary” (5 pm PST) Event by Alabama Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival You are invited to a statewide virtual film screening. Space is limited. Register in advance – (http://bit.ly/35naKBa)
There are “DAY OF SERVICE” activities you can join safely TODAY from your home. Card Making for Frontline Workers (3-6:15 pm PST) “This will be a virtual event where we will be making cards for our frontline workers to thank them for all that they do! You can handmake cards or I can send you a predesigned card template, as well as messages you can write in your cards! (https://www.mobilize.us/nationaldayofservice/event/372276/)
Support Our Frontline Responders & Military With Operation Gratitude (12am-11:30 pm PST) “Join Operation Gratitude in appreciation of our frontline responders and military from the comfort of your own home. Every grateful American is welcome to participate – we offer service projects for all ages and are family friendly. Select from one or more service projects that are self-paced and self-guided.
Volunteer as a Virtual Tutor with Repair the World (4:00-5:00 PST) As students across the country adjust online education, support from tutors is more important than ever. Learn To Be provides free online tutoring to K-12 students across the country. If you’d like to tutor kids online 1 on 1 during the pandemic, join Learn To Be and Repair the World on MLK Day, Monday, January 18 at 7pm ET for an introductory session. (https://www.mobilize.us/nationaldayofservice/event/370518/)
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