PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Santa Barbara Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend -

A Community Celebration - Stirring Music, Rally, March, Essay and Poetry Contest, Panel Discussion
and Special MLK Day, Keynote Speaker, Dr. Broderick Huggins.

Santa Barbara, California
The theme for the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is “Drum Majors for Justice” from the last
sermon given by Dr. King, 1968, before his assassination on April 4, 1968.
The life and accomplishments of Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored
and remembered in many different ways. The MLK, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara is
presenting and sponsoring the following events:
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Trinity Episcopal Church - Guild Hall -
1500 State Street - Santa Barbara, California 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara Ring Shout - A traditional African American religious art form of rhythm, dance,
call and response singing. Ring shout uses only voices, foot stomps with the rhythm beaten out
with an old broom handle. This centuries old tradition is practiced only by our SB Ring Shout
group and a very small number of groups from Georgia.
Amazing Grace - an aerobic, interpretative dance to the Harlem Boys’ Choir recording of the
powerful and beloved old hymn. Highlights of Dr. King’s speech “The Other America”, a recitation by Michael Downey. Dr. King’s favorite hymn, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” will be sung by inspirational, local singer, Michelle Lawyer.
Sunday, January 18, 2015- Pacifica Graduate Institute -
801 Ladera Lane, Carpinteria, Ca. 93108
Presentation by author Jennifer Selig “Integration: The Psychology and Mythology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and His (Unfinished) Therapy With The Soul of America” Immediately following will be a community panel discussion with a Q and A, and a garden reception.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Pre-March Program - De la Guerra Plaza, Santa Barbara, Ca. 9:00 a.m.
Ceremonial blessing by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, inspirational singing by the
Inner Light Community Gospel Choir, The Santa Barbara School of Performing Arts directed by
Dauri Kennedy, Janet Reineck with the World Dancers and local dignitaries.
March in Unity - 10:00 a.m. We will walk up State Street from De la Guerra Plaza to the
historic Arlington Theatre, commemorating the many marches for justice, led by Dr. King.
Celebration at Arlington Theatre - 1317 State Street, Santa Barbara, Ca.
Featuring our Keynote Speaker for 2015, Dr. Broaderick A. Huggins, Bishop, St. Paul Baptist
Church and Choir, Oxnard California. Eleven year old Soloist, Aleena Ortiz, Poetry and Essay
Contest Winners, Rosalina Marisco and the Santa Barbara Dance Institute. Master of
Ceremonies - Dr. Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval, UCSB.
This annual event is sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara and co-sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith, First United Methodist
Church, the Fund for Santa Barbara, the Towbes Group, the Unitarian Society of Santa
Barbara, UCSB Center for Black Studies Research, Pacifica Graduate Institute and other
community organizations.


For radio and television interviews, Please contact President, Isaac Garrett, (805) 729-1143,
Pastor Wallace Shepherd, (805) 636-8133. For Information call E Onja Brown Lawson
(805) 259-5782.

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