Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration

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Northfield Human Rights Commission invites the community to join in a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of the work he did, and the work he continues to inspire us to do in this country.  This year’s celebration will take place on Monday, January 16, 7:00-8:15 pm, at Emmaus Church, 712 Linden Street North.  This event is free and open to everyone in the community.

The theme this year is building bridges of understanding.  As Nelson Mandela said “The time for the healing of the wounds has come.  The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.  The time to build is upon us.” The program will address this issue in a variety of ways including poetry by Delina Haileab and Rob Hardy, Northfield Poet Laureate, music by St. Olaf Gospel Choir, thoughts from Lisa Moore, St. Olaf Professor of Social Work, and an open microphone time for the community.

This annual event is also the time when Northfield recognizes work that is being done in the community in the area of human rights.  In 2017 the award is being presented to Father Dennis Dempsey of the Church of St. Dominic.  Fr. Denny is being honored for the caring and support he has provided to our growing Latino community.  In addition we celebrate the numerous individuals and organizations that are involved with supporting the Latino community in so many ways.  Further, with this award we are recognizing the important contributions and vitality the Latinos have added to life in Northfield. 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.  I have decided to stick with love.”  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.