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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Monday, January 15, 2018
From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is partnering with the City of Burlington to host its 6th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day gathering on Monday, January 15, 2018. This event is part of a nationwide initiative to make this holiday a “day on, not a day off,” in which communities engage their citizenry in meaningful service and reflection.

10:30 am
Participatory Play about Cesar Chavez with the Peace & Justice Center

Help tell the story of Cesar Chavez, a leader who used the strategy of nonviolence to empower oppressed people. A simple and fun play about Cesar Chavez will be performed by children who attend the event. There are roles for kids of differing skills and ages.

12 pm
Musical & Spoken Word Celebration

Music served as a call to action, an inspiration for Dr King’s civil rights movement. Join the Sustainability and Integrated Arts Academy student choirs, spoken word artists Rivan Calderin and Nasteha Abdullahi, and The Tibetan Association of Vermont for a stirring musical celebration honoring Dr. King’s legacy.

1:45 pm
Bridging Cultures: What is Family? with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program

Life is a journey. Guided by facilitator Kristen Rengo, we will share the story of our personal journeys and listen to those of our neighbors. We will explore “What is Family” and why we think and feel the way we do. Every person is the expert about their experience.

3:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Immigration, Identity, & Culture

Our country has a long history of immigration that is part of the civil rights struggle for identity and belonging. We are all affected by the current national anti-immigration dialogue and erosion of civic rights. Each year we celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s work and legacy, but the Civil Rights movement did not and cannot stop with him. Today we still struggle with questions such as “Who belongs here and who doesn’t?” and “What makes A Vermonter?” In this panel, we have speakers who will give their view on these questions through the lens of immigration, identity, and culture.
- Facilitator: Rachel Jolly Asst Director CEDO, leading Burlington’s Community Justice Center
- Pablo Bose Associate Professor, Department of Geography Director, Global and Regional Studies Program University of Vermont
- Aden Haji Senior Year UVM in anthropology, CEDO EACH Youth AmeriCorps Team member serving with the Vermont Folklife Center
- Michael Hill, Jnr Burlington High School
- Alicia Roderiguez, Vermont Legal Aid
- TBD, Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program of USCRI

There will be a free shuttle bus running between the Integrated Arts Academy, Sustainability Academy, and ECHO on a 15 min loop from 10 am - 4 pm. All child riders must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

Marching Figures Craft
MLK Community "Paint"-by-number Portrait
Interactive Immigration Timeline & Map
MLK Legacy Die Cut & Response Wall
Additional stations by Clemmons Family Farm, Youth Build, and Everybody Works

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