FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, January 16, 2021 – Lebanon, Ohio MLK Lebanon plans to unify our community by standing up to hate with love. From humble beginnings, the day has grown to include multiple service projects and an evening celebration. It plans to carry on this tradition for many years to come in the spirit of service and unity, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and for the Lebanon community. The mission of the MLK Community Coalition of Lebanon, Ohio is to honor Dr. King’s vision of justice by building an inclusive network of individuals and organizations that work toward empowerment for all people.
Join us for a virtual presentation of our annual event beginning at 7 pm on Monday January 18, 2021. We will have musical performances by the Voices of Warren County, Mass Choir of Bethel AME Church Middletown, Rev. Phyllis Clemons - Bethel AME Church Lebanon, and Ms. Carmen Dyer -United AME Church Xenia.
The event will feature community leaders, students, and area churches in an uplifting service to honor and celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK Lebanon will also recognize community leaders with the Drum Major for Service awards.
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2021 MLK Day of Service
Virtual Art workshop presented by ArtScape Lebanon
Learn about Dr. King's philosophy through art. ArtScape Lebanon will host a virtual art workshop using black out poetry. To participate you can stop by Mulberry Street Books, 46 E. Mulberry St., to pick up a copy of Dr. King's speech to use to create your own black out poetry work of art. To keep up to date about ArtScape Lebanon, follow them on Facebook.
MLK Lebanon Volunteer Orientation
Monday January 18th - 11 AM via Zoom
Would you like to help plan the MLK Celebration, join a committee or help with a project? MLK Lebanon will host a volunteer orientation that will provide an overview of the current activities and projects of the organization. To register, visit https://www.mlklebanon.org/mlk-day
Earth Day Virtual 5K planning meeting on MLK Day
Monday January 18th - 2 pm via Zoom
MLK Lebanon will host the kick off planning meeting for the MLK Earth Day virtual 5k. If you are interested in volunteering or helping to make this a successful event, you are welcome to attend this Zoom meeting. To sign up, visit https://www.mlklebanon.org/mlk-day
National Day of Racial Healing – Community Discussion about the documentary 13th
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Register deadline January 18th, space is limited
OSU Extension, Warren County and the MLK Community Coalition of Lebanon invite you to a virtual Community Discussion on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, as part of the National Day of Racial Healing. The National Day of Racial Healing is a time for contemplation and collective action on #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism. The Day is an opportunity to bring ALL people together in our common humanity and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world.
In Warren County, we are hosting a facilitated Community Discussion based on the documentary 13th directed by Ava DuVernay. The documentary combines archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, to examine the U.S. prison system and how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America. This Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, the BAFTAs, and the NAACP Image Awards.
We encourage you to watch this award-winning documentary and come prepared to listen and learn from your fellow community members. We look forward to a thought-provoking and inspiring conversation. The documentary is available to watch for free on Netflix YouTube Channel. The movie is an hour and 40 minutes long. Please note, the film contains graphic and disturbing images and is rated TV-MA (for mature audiences).
The Community Discussion is limited to the first 15 participants. To register, visit https://warren.osu.edu/program-areas/family-and-consumer-sciences/healthy-relationships/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-0
For more information contact, Laura Stanton, OSU Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-807-9864.
Sign up to Volunteer
Get involved and make a difference in our community. For a list of volunteer opportunities in the City of Lebanon and surrounding area, visit https://www.mlklebanon.org/volunteer
About Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Coalition of Lebanon, Ohio
The mission of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Coalition of Lebanon, Ohio is to honor Dr. King's vision of justice by building an inclusive network of individuals and organizations that work toward empowerment for people. The MLK Community Coalition of Lebanon is to be a proud community partner with local, regional, and national organizations such as Service for Peace, Serve Ohio and MLKDay.gov. The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Coalition of Lebanon is a group of individuals that are working to create change in our community through education, strategic planning, volunteer work, and awareness.
Raye Kimberlin, MLK Coordinator, 513-258-1017, email@example.com
Renee Forrester, Co-Chair of MLK Celebration, 513-265-5150, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Schaeffer, MLK board member, 513-305-8295, email@example.com