On Monday January 15th, 2018 from 2:00PM-4:00PM, True North Organizing Network will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Unity Celebration and kickoff our 2018 civic engagement campaign. The event featuring a program of diverse speakers and music followed by a free community dinner will be held at the United Methodist Church, 664 H St, Crescent City, CA 95531.
In the summer of 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and said: “I say to you today my friends that though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow. I still have a dream. It is a dream that is deeply rooted in the American Dream. I have a dream that one day America will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self evident that all men (and women) are created equal.”
Del Norte County is a diverse community: immigrant, Indigenous young and old. Conservative, liberal, LGBT+ and straight. We are people of many faiths, or none at all. We are wealthy, working poor and in between. We speak English, Hmong, Spanish, Tolowa, Yurok and more. With all of our beautiful diversity we more often than not have the same desires ad dreams for our families, our children, grandchildren and the generations to come. True North, the United Methodist Church, our partners, friends and allies are inviting the people of Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands to join us in celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and remembering that his dream is our dream. Only together can we make that dream a reality.
Pastor Dana Gill Port of the United Methodist Church says: “We’re delighted to open the doors of our church to host this event. As Methodists, we are called upon to not just have faith, but to do good works in the world. In 1963 Dr. King called on us as a nation to be engaged in creating ‘The Beloved Community’. As we move forward into the future, the strongest communities will be ones where all people can take part in economic, civic, and social life. These communities will be able to go beyond fear and even tolerance for a bright future for all of our people.”
Mike Thornton, Del Norte Lead Organizer
(707) 951-5760, firstname.lastname@example.org