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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 14, 2011
Engage KC honors King’s message at community forum
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Engage KC Leadership Board will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by holding a community forum with several local organizations on Monday, Jan. 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The forum, entitled “Strength to Love, Today and Tomorrow: Putting Dr. King’s Message Into Action in 2011,” will take place at Friendship Baptist Church, 3530 Chelsea Drive. It will precede the Kansas City Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - “Mass Celebration.”
Other organizations participating include the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) of Greater Kansas City; American Friends Service Committee; Black Health Care Coalition; Creating Community Opportunity; Aim4Peace; reStart; MORE2; Abiding Peace Lutheran Church; and PeaceWorks.
"Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message is as relevant today as it was half a century ago," said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. "Dr. King taught a message of love in leadership - he once said `let no man pull you low enough to hate him' - and urged us to be creative in finding ways to solve problems in the community. In order to be a great leader, you have to have love, hope and mission. Dr. King had it all. There is no better voice to consider as we face the economic and social challenges of this generation."
The forum, a part of the 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration, will be moderated by Airick Leonard West, president of the Kansas City, Mo. School Board. A panel of young adults and community leaders will share their thoughts on King’s message and how it applies to the needs of present day. Speakers include:
• Rev. Sam Mann, board chair of SCLC and former pastor of St. Mark Union Church, commenting on federal budget priorities and military spending;
• Rashid Junaid, street intervention worker of Aim4Peace, on public safety;
• Andres Dominguez, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, on economic security.
Remarks will also be made by Engage KC Youth Leadership Board Members Angela Pearson, Asia Jones, Manny Abarca and Darius Grayer.
For more information, please contact Thalia Cherry, Office of Civic and Community Engagement, 816-377-1832.