Dr. Eddie Moore Jr.

To celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., numerous events will be taking place throughout Fox Valley today.

◆  The 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Lawrence University Memorial Chapel, 510 E. College Ave. in Appleton. The theme will be “Why Keep Dreaming? A Time for Action.”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., who has pursued and achieved success in the world of academia, business, diversity and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity and cultural competency trainings and workshops for K-12 schools, community organizations, businesses, colleges and universities all across the world. Dr. Moore has presented at national and international conferences focusing on issues of diversity, youth, community, education, cultural competency, leadership, white privilege and other forms of oppression.

The event will also include essay contest winners, musical entertainment, Jane LaChappell McCarty MLK and MLK Educator Awards Presented by Lawrence University and African Heritage, Inc. along with many community sponsors and supporters.

◆  The community is invited to join in celebration, honor and tribute to the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the legislative chambers inside the Fond du Lac City County Government Center.

This will be a time to come together dispute political, religious, or socioeconomic divide as Rev Dr. King’s Dream envisioned. Comedian Troy Allen will emcee the event.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the legislative chambers of the City-County Government Center, 160 S. Macy St.

◆  The MLK, Jr. Day of Service 2019 will be held today at Lawrence University. This is an annual event that invites the entire Lawrence community to continue honoring the ideas of Dr. King and the civil rights movements that continue to this day.  Students, staff and faculty will honor the continuance of the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr through learning, serving, and celebrating.

A variety of both on-campus and off-campus opportunities are available to engage in.  Each activity is a student led initiative that benefits the community and helps Lawrentians solidify the value of learning as you serve. Select from a number of options, any of which will benefit a variety of agencies in the Appleton area.

◆ The MLK Community Day of Service for the Appleton School District will be held from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at East High School, located at 2121 Emmers Drive, in Appleton. It is free and open to the public.

The organizers’ goal is to use this day as both a community-wide day of helping others, but also an opportunity to share the culture of Dr. King. This will include a community march, a free sampling of traditional soul foods, cultural presentations and exhibits, musical performances, and volunteering to support local nonprofit organizations.

The community march will begin at 10 a.m. at the main entrance off Emmers Street at Appleton East and will end in the auditorium. The participants will be inspired by student dancers, steppers, and singers and will be encouraged to join in song. We will learn more about Dr. King through videos and presentations, including student projects that were submitted for the MLK essay contest.

Nonprofits, community agencies, and volunteer organizations will be set up in the East Commons ready to share their missions and offer opportunities to volunteer at a future date or just to learn more about how they help our community.

Traditional soul food sampling will be available courtesy of The Cozzy Corner and sponsored by Guardian Life! Be sure to try out samples of fried chicken, pork chops, macaroni and cheese, black-eyed peas, collard greens, peach cobbler, and caramel cake.

The History Museum in partnership with African Heritage, Inc.’s “A Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Valley”, a pop-up museum about local Black history from the 1700s to the 1990’s along with two of the co-curators, Dr. Sabrina Robins and Dr. Bola Delano, will be onsite to guide the tour and reflection interactive sessions.

The day culminates with an opportunity to serve others in our community. Buses will take volunteers around Appleton to engage in hands-on volunteering.Volunteers will choose from serving at available community organizations and nonprofits by choosing a bus, of they can choose a Mystery Mission. For those that prefer to stay onsite, there will also be service projects and activities available at Appleton East.

◆ A community celebration will honor the life, service, and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at UW-Oshkosh’s 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration tonight from 4-6 p.m. at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, 625 Pearl Ave. in Oshkosh.

The celebration will feature a keynote address by Dr. Elfred A. Pinkard, the 22nd President at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Dr. Pinkard has spent his entire career ensuring the academic success of students at historically black colleges and universities. The keynote is titled “Keeping the Dream Alive: America’s Promise.”

This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. The event will be complemented with a medley of hors d’oeuvres prior to the start of the program

Dr. Elfred A. Pinkard

◆ Gathered in Faith Together (GIFT) Prayer Service titled “MLK, School to Prison Pipeline, YWCA: They are All Connected” will take place from 7-8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 330 S. Broadway in Green Bay.

The speaker will be Renita Robinson, president and CEO of YWCA Greater Green Bay.

GIFT, a network of over a dozen Green Bay area faith communities, invites all to the 2019 Green Bay Area Martin Luther King Interfaith Prayer Service. A social will follow the prayer service.

Following the presentation, there will be a free-will offering will be collected to benefit the YWCA and its “Eliminating Racism Empowering Women” initiative.

Music and readings will be provided by area congregants. Please join us for an evening of inspiration, education, and fellowship.

For more information, contact Rev. Larry Lange, Grace Lutheran Church, email pastorlarry@gracegb.org.


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