MLK Day event puts focus on being 'the Dream'

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"This is a way for neighborhoods that have been underserved or bladed where people have been moving out for years and create the type of community they want to move back to." said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor of Columbus. "It is a testament to Dr. King's legacy and the work of our local volunteers".

The committee wanted to feature a speaker who personified the "Be the Dream" theme in the Latino community and selected Newberg resident Ines Pena.

The event showcases locally and internationally known performing artists, children from Oakland public elementary schools, archival footage of Dr. King, and the presentation of the "Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award" presented to an outstanding Oakland citizen.

"I'm very involved in advocating for rights in general and it's part of why I'm so happy and honored to be the keynote speaker", Pena said. Students, faculty, staff, and community members may attend.

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This was accomplished Saturday night through musical selections such as "This Little Light of Mind", "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Never Have to be Alone" and others; prayer; creative interpretations; candle lightings in Dr. King's memory; and special remarks about the impression his incredible life made on America.

The weapon of love eventually overcame those of hate, such as bombs and guns, Scott said.

The event will begin with a half-hour reception at 5:30 p.m. Auggie Gonzeles returns to serve as emcee once more for the hour-long main program at 6 p.m.

Bonner said the annul MLK Parade/March will begin at 10:45 Gaston Chapel Church, 1206 Sterling Boulevard in Sheffield. "His speech was so important and what we've gone through to get where we are, but also for them to think about things they would like change too".

King was born January 15, 1929, and was fatally shot by an assassin on April 4, 1968.