Community Invited to Celebrate Life, Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Adorni Center on January 15

This is a press release from the NAACP:

The community is invited to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Adorni Center (1011 Waterfront Dr, Eureka, CA 95501) at noon. The event, sponsored by the Eureka Branch of The NAACP (pronounced N-Double A-C-P), will feature musical performances, Master Storyteller Baba Jamal Koram (Kor-ahm), and featured speaker Michelle Charmaine Lawson, mother of HSU student David Josiah Lawson. This year’s theme is, “Together We Rise Up”.

Additionally, local area students are invited to submit entries for the 2018 Unity Essay Contest. Students may enter by writing a one-page essay based on the theme ‘Together We Rise Up’. The Eureka Branch of the NAACP’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration commemorates the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his ideals of peace and unity for all. Essays will be judged in two age groups: 8 – 13 and 14 – 18. Winners from each age group will win $100 and be invited to read their essay during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Adorni Center in Eureka, CA. The essay must be the student’s own work. The essay must be no longer than one page, double-spaced, in 12-point Arial font. Each essay must include the student’s name, age, grade, school and contact information (phone number). E-mail essays by Friday, January 12, 2018 to: Eureka Branch NAACP at For complete contest rules, go to



  • Has anyone heard if there will be a community workday project for this day?

  • Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man with a vision for a greater America for all. A celebrated day for a good person gone too soon. It is a shame that people like Al Sharpton, and those who support him, continue to undermine those visions; and promote violence and hatred in the African American communities.

  • “Featured speaker Michelle Lawson” ’nuff said. This will be an anti cop event. Martin Luther King event should be something that draws people together. Ms Lawson wants to divide us. I won’t be coming this year.

    • Not knowing who actually put the knife in Josiah (Black or White person), I hope she doesn’t use this great holiday event to promote “Black people rising up together”; but an opportunity to call for “all people to rise up together”. We will see if she speaks of following Martin Luther King Jr.’s dreams of unity, or uses personal frustrations and feelings to fuel the fire separating the Black and White communities. What will be her agenda???

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