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Honoring The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Everyone is invited to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday January 21st with the Human Rights Advocates of Coos County. The gathering will highlight the legacy left by Dr. King, as well as honoring a special individual who has dedicated their life to giving back to our community.
Organized by the Advocates, the celebration will take place from 12:30pm – 3:30pm at the Coos Bay Fire Station, at 4th and Elrod Streets in Coos Bay. Community members are invited to enjoy a piece of a cake and take part in the celebration, listening to local speakers and musicians.
The celebration will also feature the presentation of the Lylah Bidwell Memorial Human Dignity Award to Char Luther. The award is given out annually at the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, honoring an individual who has dedicated their life to protecting the human rights of those in our community. Past recipients include John and Margaret Jones, Judy Moody.
“We are a group of volunteer citizens who care deeply about human rights for all,” says Anita Coppock, Secretary of the HRACC. “We are about education and service to community members of all ages.”
Speakers will include Rick Staggenborg and Mark James, and music will be provided by local musicians Howard Crombie, John Jones, and Bryan Ibach. There will also be a presentation of “The Story of Human Rights,” an educational 30-minute documentary that shows the history and development of human rights, leading up to the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations in 1948 and is now enforced as a global standard of rights to which all humans are entitled.
In addition to the birthday celebration, community members are encouraged to visit Pony Village Mall and view the artwork of local youth students. From January 18th until 27th, Pony Village Mall will be displaying artwork inspired by Dr. King, created by students from local schools.