Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebrations

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The AIGC will be performing at two Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebrations on January 15, 2018.  The annual NAACP event will be held at noon at the Adorni Center, 1011 Waterfront Dr. In Eureka.  The City of Arcata and Arcata School District event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center, 321 Dr. MLK, Jr. Parkway.

NAACP Celebration

The NAACP celebration’s theme is Together We Rise Up.  The event will feature keynote speaker Michelle Charmaine Lawson, storyteller Baba Jamal Koram, local musicians and the 2018 NAACP Unity Essay Contest winners. See the Eureka NAACP Facebook Event.

In Dr. King’s "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered in August 1963, he said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

We face a time in our nation unlike any in recent memory. Numerous groups have taken Dr. King’s message around peaceful protest to promote the issues nearest and dearest to them. Whether the concerns surround faith, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, poverty, environment or educational reform; we stand united, together as one Eureka and one Humboldt County to seek the best for all residents - Together We Rise Up.

 - From Eureka NAACP

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Bowl Of Beans

The annual Bowl of Beans Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration is a fundraiser for youth art programs of the City of Arcata and Arcata School District. 

It has been told that Martin Luther King’s favorite meal included rice, beans and cornbread.  Honoring Dr. King's legacy, the $6 Bowl of Beans entrance fee includes a delicious meal of rice, beans, cornbread and salad, and performances by youth and other local performing artists.

There will also be a raffle of fabulous prizes donated by local businesses.

The Bowl of Beans program features Youth from Arcata Elementary School, Storyteller Baba Jamal Koram, the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, the AIGC Youth Choir, and local band Asha Nan.

Bowl of Beans is sponsored by the City of Arcata Recreation Division, Arcata Elementary School and KIEM News Channel 3 - Spirit of the North Coast.  See the Bowl of Beans website.