January 18, 2002

Dr. Maring Luther King, Jr Observances

The Diamond District New Visions Festival

"The Diamond District New Visions Festival" is a local community celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s memory. This festival is being held to recognize and embrace the multicultural diversity of the Diamond District by featuring a unique line-up of performers of various cultures including dancers, singers, and poets, and the previewing of digitally created "multimedia stories" written and produced by local residents.

These "multimedia stories" are the culmination of a project funded by the Waitt Family Foundation in which eight local Diamond District residents, representing different cultures and ages, were selected and trained in the art of futures thinking, storytelling and digital production in order to explore the relevant issues of culture, community and technology. The Waitt Family Foundation believes that at the dawn of the 21st Century, it is important not to lose sight of the powerful message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who envisioned a better world for us all. For these residents and this community this project has helped to begin a dialog for real and meaningful positive community change.

The New Visions Festival will take place Monday, January 21, 2002 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday) Noon to 5:00 p.m., at the Market Center Plaza, corner of Market and Euclid.

Highlights of Entertainment to include: -Taco Shop Poets; -The Tall Spirits African drumming and dance troupe; -The Eveoke Dance Theatre Youth group and; -The Samoan Choir at St. Rita's Church .

"Salute to the King"

WorldBeat Center's Martin Luther King Day Celebration, Monday, January 21 at 12:30 PM. This is a free outdoor event featuring Raggae, Jazz, Hip Hop, Drumming, Speakers Spoken Word and Griots. WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA. http://www.worldbeatcenter.org

City to Present Civic Award at Annual King Celebration High School Saxophonist to Play Tribute to Recipient

The City of Oceanside will bestow the 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Achievement Award at the North San Diego County NAACP Chapter King Celebration on Saturday, January 19th, at 4:00 p.m., in the El Camino High School Truax Theater, located at 400 Rancho del Oro, between Highway 76 and Mesa Drive.

The Civic Achievement Award is awarded annually to a resident of Oceanside or Camp Pendleton who exemplifies the ideals and philosophy of the late Dr. King. Nominations are received from the community at large and a volunteer committee of local residents, representing various sectors of the community, makes the final selection.

The City of Oceanside through the City's Community Relations Commission, an advisory body to the City Council, administers the award, and a photo of each year's recipient is placed on permanent exhibit in the Community Rooms adjacent to the Oceanside Public Library, 330 North Coast Highway.

Oceanside Mayor Terry Johnson will make this year's presentation, which also will include a special solo tribute to the recipient by 16-year-old Erisa Johnson, a saxophonist and a student at the San Diego High School of Creative and Performing Arts.

Jerry Butkiewicz, Secretary-Treasurer of the San Diego Imperial County Labor Council is the guest speaker. The TriCity Community Mass Choir will perform, as will as San Diego recording artist Lanee Battle. The event is free and open to the public.

Cultural Diversity to be Celebrated at 4th Annual Downtown Multicultural Festival

The Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC), in partnership with San Diego National Bank, the County of San Diego, City of San Diego Commission on Arts and Culture, Children's Museum, Young Audiences of San Diego, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), De La Cruz Design Agency, Magic 92.5 FM and other organizations, is sponsoring the 4th Annual Downtown Multicultural Festival on Saturday, January 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Union Street and Island Avenue in front of the Children's Museum. The colorful festival will feature vendors, exhibits, food and entertainment representing numerous cultures. More than 2,000 people attended last year's event, and this year's event is expected to be even bigger.

"This festival is quickly becoming an important downtown tradition," said Peter Hall, CCDC President. "It is a great opportunity for adults and children of all ages to spend a fun afternoon learning about other cultures and sampling food and enterainment that help make San Diego such a wonderfully diverse city."

The Children's Museum will offer free admission for the duration of the event.

Prior to the festival, the 22nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, sponsored by Zeta Sigma Lambda Scholarship (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity), will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning at Harbor Drive and Grape Street and ending at Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway. Like last year, the Downtown Multicultural Festival 2002 is staged only a few blocks from the parade's ending point.

Yolanda King to Speak at 4th Annual Head Start Conference

Over this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, Yolanda King the eldest child of Coretta and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the 4th Annual California Head Start Association Conference. Ms. King will be speaking on Saturday, January 19th from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Town &Country Convention Center in San Diego.

Yolanda King was born in Montgomery, Alabama two weeks before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, a move that triggered the Civil Rights movement in America, Yolanda King has been in the midst of the struggle for human rights all of her life. Ms. King has participated in numerous human rights demonstrations and has spoken before countless religious, educational and civic groups. Committed to using her talents to affect change through the arts, Ms. King has combined her involvement in causes with her artistic pursuits. Many of Ms. King's stage and movie roles reflect her interest in social change and includes her portrayals of Rosa Parks in the NBC-TV movie King with Paul Winfield and Howard Rollings; of Dr. Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X, in the film Death of a Prophet with Morgan Freeman and in many other film roles. Ms. King is currently serving as a visiting professor in the Theatre Department at Fordham University. Additionally, she does a provocative one-woman theater production that brings life to the Civil Rights Movement and its lesson titled Achieving the Dream.

"Head Start... Realizing the Dream" is the theme for this year's conference, says Barbara Fielding, Conference Chairperson and Director of Neighborhood House Asso-ciation's Head Start Program in San Diego. "Yolanda will bring a wonderful message of hope and dignity to the California Head Start Association family and I am pleased and excited that she will join us as we celebrate the great work Head Start has done for families in our community over the past 36 years," Fielding added.

Arun Gandhi to Speak at NCCJ's Martin Luther King, Jr.

"All Peoples" Breakfast

Arun Gandhi, grandson of India's legendary leader, "Mahatma" Gandhi, is scheduled to speak to more than one thousand San Diegans representing all races, cultures and religions at the 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "All People's Breakfast." Presented by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), the breakfast will take place at Golden Hall in the San Diego Concourse on Monday, January 21, 2002, 8:00 am.

Arun Gandhi's goal is to fulfill his grandfather's dream of freeing the world from the horrors of violence. Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, the young Arun went to live with his grandfather in order to learn how to deal in a positive way with the anger he felt about the injustice around him. He came to the U.S. to work on a comparative study of prejudice in South Africa, India and the U.S. Arum and his wife have created the M.K. Ghandi Institute for Nonviolence at Christians Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, where they currently work and reside.

"Considering the unprecedented times we live in, it's important that the community come together to focus on Dr. King's heartfelt visions and dreams of inclusiveness," said Constance Carroll, MLK Breakfast Committee Chair and President of Mesa College.

"Hatred is Not the Answer - Toward the goal of justice, hatred must never be our motive" is the theme of this year's MLK Breakfast. Tickets are on sale now and may be ordered by calling the NCCJ office at (619) 521-2906.

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