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Pasadena MLK Community Coalition to Honor Legacy and Life of Dr. King in Virtual Event

Published on Friday, January 14, 2022 | 6:09 am
“Your Vote is the Last Pierce of the Puzzle,” a first-place winning art entry by Keira Kwan in a previous Pasadena MLK Community Coalition contest. [Courtesy photo]

The Pasadena Martin Luther King (MLK) Community Coalition will hold a virtual celebration this Monday, January 17 to honor the life and legacy of American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This is the second year that the coalition will be producing the event virtually.

The celebration will be streamed live on Pasadena MLK Community Coalition’s YouTube channel at 10 a.m.

Speaking to Pasadena Now, Denise Jones, a member of the Coalition’s board of directors, said this year’s theme for the virtual event is “At a Crossroad—Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos Or Community?”

Jones explained the theme.

“In the wake of the last national administration and the occurrences in racial strife, as well as the economic disparities, we wanted to look forward to ending chaos and working as a community, as Dr. King exposed in his speeches,” said Jones.

The highlight of the MLK Day celebration is the presentation of students’ submissions for the coalition’s art and essay contest.

Jones said the essay pieces written by first placers from elementary, middle school and high school will be read during the event. There will also be a display of the works of the first placers in the art contest.

According to Jones, Board president Dr. Jackie Jacobs and some elected city officials will be joining the event to greet attendees and share their impressions of the impact of Dr. King.

For the past 34 years, the coalition has been sponsoring the essay and art contest for elementary and high school students to highlight the gifts and talents of local youth.

Its mission is to educate, serve and inspire students to keep Dr. King’s dream alive.

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