Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The theme of our celebration this year is “Making the Invisible Visible” as we celebrate the young leaders who are making the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a reality through their leadership.
As a community, we are committed to living out Dr. King’s principle # 2 “The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community.” We focus on how to build the beloved community by taking the conversation deeper in talking about the real issues within the safety of love and empathy, following our speakers.
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First, we start with a…
Soul Food Potluck Dinner
Please bring a dish to share*
* Soul Food Potluck Dinner Details: Please bring a dish with southern soul food flare to share: Gumbo, Chili, Fried Chicken, Cornbread, Greens, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Rice, Sweet Potato Pie, etc. Your choice!
Dinner hour jazz piano with Ricardo Moncrief.
Cindy Acker and Rev. Elisabeth Middelberg will co-host the evening
As we all reflect and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we listen to the “good ole gospel singing” with Cindy Acker and friends and the incredible Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir.
Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir
Musicians: Louis Burrell- keys, Allen McPherson- drums, Sid Smith- bass
The Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir introduces gospel music to youth ages 13 to 18. The choir first started in 1997, now includes 21 members from diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
Gospel Singer Cindy Acker and Friends.
Unity In Marin’s Benny Watson on piano with friends
Zared Lloyd, Program Director at Marin City Health and Wellness Center’s Defenders program
A panel of Youth speakers from:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center
and from Marin City Health and Wellness Center’s Defenders program
Followed by Q&A from the community
Advance Tickets on sale in Courtyard or Online starting Dec. 10
Advance Ticket pre-sale $25
At the Door $30 Students: $15
Please help someone by buying an extra guest ticket.
We thank the young artist, Oran Hutson, for the use of his painting of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Courtesy of Beverly Freeman
Please Contact Christy Michaels if you have any questions at 415-879-0155 or by email at email@example.com
Cindy Acker - Co-host
Co-host with Rev. Elisabeth Middlebergh
Zared Lloyd, CEO of the Defenders (Youth empowerment program at the Marin City Health and Wellness Center.)
Zared, CEO of the Defenders has a vision of building a social enterprise to change intergenerational dynamics of poverty, and the behavior of young Black teens as they become men. Since The Defenders program launched in 2015, teachers report 92% better behavior at school and 84% increased academic performance; parents and guardians report 95% improved behaviors at home. Of the 50 participants, 98% lack a father figure and all live in poverty or public housing.
Dr. Roy Wilson Ed.D, Executive Director, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center
Roy received a BA in English and Masters in Creative Writing both from the University of Washington. Roy has a Doctorate in Education and is a published author, scholar, and presenter on civil rights, nonviolence, and libratory leadership practices. Roy has received international, state and regional awards for his work in civil rights and confronting racial and socioeconomic disparities. He is widely published and his work has been featured in Life Magazine, the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Seattle Times, Oakland Tribune, and in a National Public Radio TV Special “The United States of Poetry” and a National television feature on the Nickelodeon Network.
Thanks to the UIM Dr. King, Jr. Celebration team:
The celebration is dedicated to our team member
Robert Finney who passed away 11/15/17.
Sarah LeValley, http://unityinmarin.org/about-unity-in-marin/board-of-trustees/#
Christy Michaels http://unityinmarin.org/presenters/christy-michaels/
Debbie Sweeney http://unityinmarin.org/presenters/debbie-sweeney/
Ricardo Moncrief Board member from Marin City Health and Wellness Center and his wife Eleanor.
Cindy Acker(see bio above), Sue Schueler, "Gus" Carol S. Bostick, Beverly Weinkauf, Sara Yousef, and Terhas Sebhatu
Cost: Online Advance Ticket pre-sale $25, At the Door $30, Students: $15
Contact: Sarah Le Valley and/or Christy Michaels
Email Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presented By: Cindy Acker - Choir Director
Cindy has studied music theory and piano. She was vocally trained by the late Johnny Land, and has sung with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the Glide Ensemble and a regularly featured soloist with the Metropolitan Community Worship and Praise Choir of San Francisco. She has led two choirs: The Amazing Graces Mira Vista United Methodist Church Choir and the River of Praise Choir of The MCC of the Redwood Empire, whom she has led in music . . . Read More
Celebration Leader: Priestess, Rev. Christy Michaels, M.A
She has been involved with New Thought churches since the early 70’s—either as a member of a Science of Mind Church or Unity. Since 2005, she has been an active member of Unity In Marin and a prayer chaplain since 2014. She received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Her master’s thesis was on the impact of Eastern Religions on Transformative Psychotherapy.
Ordained as a Priestess of the Lyceum of Sophia, which provides her with legal . . . Read More