Pasadena MLK Community Coalition

Keeping the Legacy of Martin Luther King Alive!

Pasadena MLK Community Coalition - Keeping the Legacy of Martin Luther King Alive!

2016 Calendar of Events

MLK Pic 2016Plan your MLK Holiday now!  Below is the Martin Luther King Community Coalition’s 2016 Calendar of Events.  There are five local events being held from January 9, 2016 to January 18, 2016 that honor the legacy of Martin Luther King. To download a flyer, click here: MLK Community Coalition 2016 Calendar of Events.

Show your support by volunteering or by just attending.  If you are interested in serving your community in some capacity this year, please use the contact numbers and emails listed below.

January 9, 2016
Rekindling the Light of Peace
Pasadena City Hall Chambers, 10 a.m.
100 N. Garfield Avenue | Pasadena, CA 91101

Description:  The Pasadena Human Relations Commission invites the public to attend the 15th annual “Rekindling the Light of Peace” event in the City Council Chambers at Pasadena City Hall.

The free event features guest speakers, music and poetry readings and is a prelude to celebrations that occur on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

In addition to the City’s Human Relations Commission, the event is supported by The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Coalition, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Ecumenical Council of Pasadena Area Churches, YWCA Pasadena Foothill Valley, the Pasadena Unified School District, Altadena NAACP, Pasadena NAACP, Aspires West Pasadena, the Pasadena Journal and the Pasadena Weekly.

To read a moving post written in 2004 by Mayor Bill Bogaard, click here.

For more information, the public can call (626) 744-4234 and visit http://www.cityofpasadena.net/.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
MLK Essay and Visual and Performing Arts Finalists’ Public Readings, Displays, and Presentations
Don Benito Fundamental School
3700 Denair Street | Pasadena, CA 91107

Description: Come listen to original speeches and enjoy an evening of viewing beautiful artwork and performances paying tribute to Dr. King by the MLK Essay and Visual & Performing Arts Contest finalists and winners.  The hosting school organizes the event to showcase some of the other diverse talents of the students.  Admission is free.

Saturday, January 16, 2015 @ 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
MLK Day of Service:  A Day On, Not Off
Hamilton Middle School
2089 Rose Villa Street | Pasadena, CA  91107

Description:  On the Saturday before the MLK Day of Service, it is our tradition to provide a local school with volunteers to help beautify the campus.  We will plant flowers, clean up, and do several maintenance tasks.  Afterwards, we will enjoy a nice lunch and entertainment from the students from the school.  This is a cooperation between Martin Luther King Community Coalition and Pasadena Unified School District and the school principal.

Sunday, January 17, 2016 @ 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Service
Metropolitan Baptist Church
2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave. | Altadena, CA  91001

Description:  The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Pasadena presents its 2016 edition of the “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Service,” featuring local pastors. The event is hosted by Rev. Tyrone L. Skinner from Metropolitan Baptist Church. The Ministerial Alliance, a fellowship of more than thirty local pastors and ministers who are spiritual leaders in the community, has been sponsoring these annual local celebrations since the first year after Dr. King’s death in 1968.

For more information, visit http://ima-greaterpasadena.org/index.html.

Monday, January 18, 2016 @ 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration and Student Awards
Jackie Robinson Park
1081 North Fair Oaks Ave. | Pasadena, CA 91103

  • 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.:  Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.:  Teach-in
  • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:  King Holiday Celebration and Program
  • 12:30 p.m.:  Lunch

Description:  The Martin Luther King Community Coalition, Pasadena Unified School District, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, and Aspires West of Pasadena in conjunction with the city of Pasadena, National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Gamma Lambda chapter presents the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday breakfast and celebration.

Families, friends, community members, local and state political leaders will be in attendance as student finalists are presented awards for their participation in the MLK Community Coalition Essay and Art Contest.  This free event features guest speakers, music, food, arts and crafts for kids, and is the culminating ceremony of the 2016 MLK Holiday Celebration events.

For more information, send an email to info@pasadenamlk.com.

Kicking Off the 2015-2016 MLK Essay and Visual & Performing Arts Contest!

MLK Kickoff 2016On August 3, 2015, the Martin Luther King Community Coalition officially kicked off the new 2015-2016 Essay and Visual & Performing Arts Contest year at the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) with superintendent, Dr. Brian McDonald, and Julianne Reynoso, Executive Director, Elementary Schools.

Dr. David and Jackie Jacobs presented the new 2015-2016 MLK Community Coalition Essay and Art Contest packet.  They also gave a report on the previous year, explained the processes and procedures of the contest, discussed recent updates to the contest packet, and unveiled a new contest category.  In addition to the traditional visual arts competition, a performing arts division of the contest has been added!

McDonald and Reynoso expressed their support and continued commitment to the annual Pasadena Martin Luther King, Jr. contest and holiday activities.  They will be following through with distributing the information to the schools and principals, encouraging school participation, and displaying the winning art in the Pasadena Unified School District office and website.

2015 MLK Essay and Art Contest Winners Announced!

winningribbonThe Martin Luther King Essay and Art Contest winners were announced and recognized at the annual Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration held on Monday, January 19, 2015 at Jackie Robinson Park.

The winning students artwork will be featured on this site for the remainder of the year.  The original pieces of student artwork will be displayed at the Pasadena Unified School District located at 351 South Hudson Avenue Pasadena, California 91101 from January 22 through January 31, 2015.  The next location of the display will be at the Pasadena Central Library, located at 285 East Walnut Street Pasadena, CA 9110, from February 1 through February 28, 2015.

Essay Contest
Elementary School Winners

Jade Nowak – 1st Place
4th grade
School:  Norma Coombs Elementary
Teacher:  Ms. Mills / Principal:  Dr. Jennifer Smith

Rene Salas – 2nd Place
4th grade
School:  Daniel Webster Elementary
Teacher:  Ms. Froeschle / Principal:  Dr. Jeffrey Bauer

David Geiselman – 3rd Place
5th grade
School:  McKinley Elementary
Teacher:  Mr. Rojas /
Principal:  John Albert

Essay Contest
Middle School Winners

Ethan Stein – 1st Place
8th grade
School:  Gooden Middle
Teacher:  Mr. Williamson / Principal:  Patty Patano

Joseph Di Giovanni – 2nd Place
7th grade
School:  Blair Middle School
Teacher:  Ms. McLaughlin / Principal:  Mrs. Skinner

Sevag Tifranian – 3rd Place               
6th grade
School:  Marshall Middle
Teacher:  Ms. Hunter / Principal:  Dr. Mark Anderson

 

Essay Contest
High School Winners

Matthew Teon – 1st Place
12th grade
School:  Blair High
Teacher:  Ms. Rothner / Principal:  Ms. Trudell Skinner

Arthur Cribbs – 2nd Place
10th grade
Peace & Justice Academy
Teacher:  Ms. Freedenthal/Directors:  Randy Christopher and Kimberly Medendorp

Art Contest
Elementary School Winners

Reid Gorecki – 1st Place
4th grade
School: McKinley Elementary
Teacher: Mr. Vigil / Principal:  Mr. John Albert

 Andrew Antone – 2nd Place
4th grade
School: McKinley Elementary
Teacher: Mr. Lira / Principal:  Mr. John Albert

Grace Andres – 3rd Place
5th grade
School: Sierra Madre Elementary
Teacher: Ms. Prado / Principal:  Dr. Esther Salinas

Art Contest
Middle School Winners

Alexis Bautista – 1st Place
8th grade
School: Eliot Middle
Teacher: Mr. Moya / Principal:  Lorena Martinez

Jade Neal – 2nd Place
8th grade
School: Eliot Middle School
Teacher: Mr. Moya / Principal:  Lorena Martinez

Alejandra Villegas de Casas – 3rd Place
7th grade
School: Eliot Middle
Teacher: Mr. Moya / Principal:  Lorena Martinez

Art Contest
High School Winners

Ricardo Garcia-Zuniga – 1st Place
12th grade
School: CIS School
Teacher: Mr. Seigel / Principal:  Jack Loos

Kathryn Stotlar – 2nd Place
11th grade
School: Marshall Fundamental
Teacher: Mr. Rendon / Principal:  Dr. Mark Anderson

Helen Avancena – 3rd Place
12th grade
School: Blair High School
Teacher: Ms. Martinez / Principal:  Ms. Trudell

2015 MLK Day Celebration

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Martin Luther King Community Coalition (MLK Coalition) in collaboration with the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and the City of Pasadena presented the annual Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration on Monday, January 19, 2015. Student winners from the essay and art contest read their essays and had their artwork on display.  They were presented with certificate awards, proclamations, trophies, and cash prizes.  City council representatives, PUSD officials, and community leaders and volunteers were in attendance to congratulate the students.  The celebration garnered over 500 attendees.

The precursor to the celebration was a teach-in and screening of the documentary, “Legacy of a Dream” for an audience of nearly 100 participants, which included members of the community and PUSD students and families.  The dialogue session was facilitated by PUSD Executive Director of Elementary Education, Julie Reynoso and former director, Dr. Kathy Onoye.  A continental breakfast was supplied by the Scott United Methodist men’s group, headed by Joel McCombs and Rev. Dr. James E. Stevenson.

After the screening and discussion, guests viewed several displays in the foyer, including a collection of Martin Luther King and civil rights memorabilia, archival photographs, postcards, stamp collections, board games, magazines, and other artifacts, coordinated by MLK Coalition members, Joan Reid and Alice and Jerald Peterson.

The celebration began with Reverend Stevenson opening with the invocation.  Attorney Joe Hopkins of The Journal Newspaper, introduced the master of ceremonies, Dr. Jamal-Dominique Hopkins, director of the JD Institute.  Robert Miller, interim president of Pasadena City College introduced keynote speaker, PUSD Superintendent, Dr. Brian McDonald, who shared his strategic vision for the district.

Delano Robinson, widow of world-class sprinter and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1936 Olympic silver medalist, Mack Robinson, led the audience in singing the opening African American national anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson and the Mahalia Jackson version of the closing civil rights song, “We Shall Overcome.” Betty J. Ford, community musician and advocate, long time member of the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM), and fondly referred to by many as the Rosa Parks of Pasadena, accompanied Robinson on the piano.

The celebration included a variety of dance and musical presentations, including West African drumming and singing by Onoche Chukwurah and son, Onoche Chukwurah, Jr., of Rhythms of the Village; Willard Elementary School Choir directed by Edwina Daniel; and Ballet Folklorico, Sol y Luna, directed by Gabriela de Leon.

Mayor Bill Bogaard presented a proclamation to the Martin Luther King Community Coalition.  Councilman John Kennedy, Senator Carol Liu, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Assemblyman Mike Gatto and U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu gave greetings.

Former assemblyman, Anthony Portantino, recognized special guests, including 102-year old Charles Johnson — Southern Pacific Railroad’s first African American dining car steward who lives in Altadena with his wife.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr. David L. Jacobs, Jr., program director of the Martin Luther King Community Coalition, acknowledged the generosity and support of the awards sponsor, Tournament of Roses.  Representatives of the organization included Mike Mathiessen, 2016 Tournament of Roses President; Dr. Robert (Bob) Miller, Tournament of Roses Executive Committee; and Laura Farber, Esq.

One of the highlights of the students’ experience is being congratulated by Tournament of Roses representatives who serve as role models for the youth for their dedication to community involvement, professionalism, graciousness, and impeccable appearance and demeanor.  The Tournament of Roses members are also active participants in the preceding annual MLK Day of Service campus beautification project.

The MLK Community Coalition’s Essay and Art Committees commended students for their involvement in academic competitions, which go above and beyond their regular routine and school work, and acknowledged the hard work of the teachers and principals who create time to fit arts activities into their already crowded schedules and who integrate the contest process into their curriculum as a required activity.  They also reminded the teachers and principals to include the essay and art contest November deadline into their annual planning.

In addition to the 2015 Martin Luther King Day celebration, this year marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma voting rights campaign and infamous marches, as well as the 30th anniversary of the MLK Community Coalition.  The celebration ended with a special presentation from the MLK Coalition honoring Dr. David and Jackie Jacobs, founders of the organization, for their life of service.  On behalf of the coalition, Juanita Tillman presented the couple with a special gift for their leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The celebration is presented in conjunction with the Pasadena Unified School District, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Aspires West Pasadena, Friends Indeed, Scott United Methodist Church, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority-Pasadena Chapter, and the City of Pasadena.

The winning art is currently featured on the homepage of the MLK Community Coalition’s website at pasadenamlk.com and will remain there for the remainder of the year.  The original pieces of student art work will be displayed at the Pasadena Unified School District located at 351 South Hudson Avenue Pasadena, California 91101 from January 22 through January 31, 2015.  The next location of the display will be at the Pasadena Central Library, located at 285 East Walnut Street Pasadena, CA 9110, from February 1 through February 28, 2015.

2015 Annual Campus Beautification Event

BeautificationThis Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Martin Luther King Community Coalition in Cooperation with the Pasadena Unified School District and Dr. Merian Stewart, principal of Washington Middle School proudly sponsors the Martin Luther King Day of Service:  A Day On, Not Off.

On the Saturday before the national holiday celebrating Dr. King’s birthday, MLK Community Coalition members coordinate local volunteers to partner with the Pasadena Unified School District to sponsor a beautification project at designated campuses.  It is a wonderful event that brings out students and their families and community members, and creates long-lasting bonds.

This year, the event will take place at Washington STEAM Middle School located at 1505 North Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 91103.  Afterwards, there will be lunch provided and student entertainment.

Keynote speakers are Gerald K. Freeney, Tournament of Roses Secretary and 2019 Tournament of Roses President (who will be the first African-American president); Terrence James Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine (first black students to integrate Central High School in 1957); and Dr. Jack Scott, Chancellor Emeritus, California Community Colleges.

Students who wish to earn community service credit, bring verification form to the sign in table.

Contact Al Bailey or Joan Reid, Project Coordinators, at (626) 355-1583.  You can download a flyer here: 2015 Day On Flyer.

50th Anniversary of 1965 Voting Rights Act

Voting PhotoAs we prepare for the 2015 celebration of Dr. King’s legacy, this year also marks 50th anniversary of the Selma voting rights campaign and momentous march.

The 1965 Voting Rights Act outlawed the discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states after the Civil War, including literacy tests as a prerequisite to voting.  Visit the following websites to see if you could pass the literacy tests: Alabama Literacy Test and student-friendly MTV Literacy Test Challenge.

Make sure to come and join us at the 2015 MLK Celebration.  The event is free and open to the public.  To download a flyer, click on MLK Program Flyer 2015; and for a press release of the event and other flyers, click on media tab.