For the 25th year, several hundred Brown County residents will gather this weekend at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) to celebrate diverse cultures and engage in community service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This year’s celebration will take place Saturday, January 18 from 10:30 am to noon at the NWTC Student Commons, 2740 W. Mason Street, Green Bay.
“I think it starts with the kids and making sure our youth understand who Martin Luther King Jr. was and what they can connect to,” said Adam Jackson, a senior culture officer at Humana and a member of the event’s planning committee. “From a community aspect, it’s a chance for us to celebrate the national holiday as a community. So we have elected officials, we have (community of) faith members, and we have just community members that want to recognize the work that MLK did, but also give back to the community and try to create a more inclusive and diverse community where everybody can be welcomed, feel belonging and feel that safety.”
Festivities will include cultural performances, speeches and contests for posters, essays and poems by students. Anyone in attendance is encouraged to bring a box of cereal to donate to local food pantries.
For the first time this year, everyone will have a chance to participate in a service project right there at NWTC: materials will be provided to make cards for soldiers serving oversees, as well as blankets for people in need through the United Way’s Blanketing Brown County project.
“All you have to do is show up” to put in some community service, Jackson said.