Mark your calendar for January 13, Character + Infinite Hope

The entire community is invited to attend a free event honoring the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Flamson Middle School Auditorium. The annual celebration has a 2018 theme of Character + Infinite Hope.

“This year’s theme comes from [Dr King’s] ‘I Have a Dream’ speech – ‘I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.’ That idea ‘plus infinite hope’ gives us the reality that, as yet, we do not live in a world quite like that,” said Pastor Steve Calagna. “It means we are not giving up, and we will continue to work towards the goal of equality for all.”

The March for Unity kicks off the day; gather at 11:30 a.m. at 21st and Riverside streets, near Pioneer Park. At noon, walk with friends, family, and fellow community members to Flamson Middle School where the celebration will begin at 1 p.m.

“Our march is designed to replicate the marches that took place as part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, specifically the March on Washington, where King delivered his famous ‘I have a dream…’ speech,” said Karen Christiansen.

The keynote speaker – Dr. Joye Carter M.D. – is the first African- American female appointed as chief medical examiner in U.S. history; she’ll share about obstacles she has overcome.

Event volunteers are still needed; call Jesusita at 805-237-3988 or see prcity.com/recreation for more information.