Santa Barbara 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr Day Observance Virtual Program
Source: MLK Committee of Santa Barbara
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara presents its 14th annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday Holiday. This year, the Committee will present a two-hour virtual program, live-streamed on mlksb.org and on the MLKCommitteeSB Facebook page on January 18 beginning at 11:00 am through 1 pm.
This year, due to restrictions on public gatherings, the committee has created a virtual program featuring ceremonial and civic presentations as well as inspirational messages from members of the community. Top winners in our Essay and Poetry contest will read their work. Winners are listed at the end of the release.
Dr. Anna Everett and Rev. Richard A. Lawrence are the featured speakers. Dr. Everett, an emeritus professor of UCSB, was recently elected to the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees and also serves on the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women. She holds leadership positions in a number of organizations advocating for marginalized groups.
Rev. Richard A Lawrence of San Diego is a retired United Methodist clergyman whose ministry is committed to social justice, Rev. Lawrence was active in the civil rights movement and knew Dr. King personally. In 1965, Rev. Lawrence took an interracial group of students from Chicago to participate in the Selma to Montgomery march. Later when Dr. King came to Chicago, Rev. Lawrence helped him to organize an anti-discrimination demonstration there. He has contributed leadership to dozens of community organizations including: Operation Breadbasket (PUSH), Black United Funds in Chicago and NYC.
The 2021 Virtual Program will include encore music and dance performances from previous years. Among those being featured include: the combined choirs of B’nai B’rith Choir and Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara Choir, directed by the late Ken Ryals, World Dance for Humanity, Dance Institute of Santa Barbara, Inner Light Gospel Choir and Coastal West Community Choir, are among those being showcased. The program will feature ‘Over the Years’, a series of photo montages portraying Martin Luther King Events from 2008 - 2020.
The Martin Luther King, Jr 2021 Essay and Poetry Contest
Each year, MLKSB in partnership with Santa Barbara’s Anti-Defamation League sponsors an Essay and Poetry Competition open to students ages 6-18. Submissions are received from students throughout the South Coast including Carpinteria and the Santa Ynez Valley. A total $1000 in cash. scholarships are awarded. 1st place winners read their work as a part of the MLK Day event.