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A message from the Duluth Branch NAACP:
For the safety of our community in regards to Covid 19, there WILL NOT be a Community March, Interfaith Service or MLK breakfast; rather, we encourage you to participate in the following virtual activities and events hosted by the Duluth NAACP and other local organizations.
While the pandemic has altered how we gather, it has not halted our efforts to dismantle racism and disrupt inequality. At this time of year, we are reminded of our Call to Action for racial and social justice and invite you to do the same.
In the words of Martin Luther King Jr, “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is no such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”
We invite you to engage in the following events to identify and commit to your personal Call to Action for racial and social justice.
Community Reading of the Letter from Birmingham Jail
4 pm, Sunday, Jan. 16, live community reading via Zoom, sponsored by the Duluth Branch of the NAACP and Peace Church and organized by Reverend Jim Mitulski.
If you are interested in participating as a reader, please visit Duluth NAACP website to sign up. Please note that People of Color will have priority in reading assignments.
Details for this event can be found at duluthnaacp.org/mlk; facebook.com/duluthnaacp; instagram.com/duluthnaacp
MLK Virtual Breakfast Program (Twin Cities)
8:45-10:30 am, Monday, Jan. 17.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast is a fundraiser to benefit the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Twin Cities in helping local students of color get to and go through college. Guest speakers include:
• Laura Coates, CNN Host and Senior Legal Analyst, Constitutional Expert and Author
• Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., President and CEO of UNCF
• Moderated by Angela Davis, Host of MPR News with Angela Davis
Buy tickets for this virtual event and find more details at mlkbreakfast.com.
Dr. King’s Words into Actions
Black Empowerment Across the Generations
11-Noon, Monday, Jan.17
The Duluth NAACP invites you to the the virtual viewing via Zoom of the documentary, Dr. King’s Words into Actions: Black Empowerment Across the Generations. In this 20 minute documentary conversations will be held between two generations of Duluth residents, discussing their perspectives on quotes from Dr. King on a variety of topics such as voting rights, economic justice, criminal justice, health & environmental equity, education and engagement of young adults. The viewing will be followed immediately by a call to action from committee chairs of the Duluth Branch of the NAACP.
Details for this event can be found at Duluthnaacp.org; facebook.com/duluthnaacp; instagram.com/duluthnaacp
Unity, Service, Justice: A listening session with Dr. Artika Tyner
Noon-1 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 19
In this virtual event, Dr. Tyner will share her insight on creating unity in our community through service and provide those who wish to join the fight for social, racial and economic justice with the necessary tools to advance social justice.
Dr. Tyner serves as the founding director of the Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.
Attendees will gain awareness and understand how our biases influence us, develop skills where we can learn to work more effectively in diverse groups, and build tools and confidence for advancing social justice awareness.
Details for this event can be found at tinyurl.com/rcmlk.
Registration is free
A Call to Action:
Here is how people can get involved and take action for racial and social justice.
1. Join the Duluth NAACP as a general member
a. Becoming a member of the Duluth Branch of the NAACP helps us grow and unifies our commitment to our mission. An annual membership is $30.
b. Join by visiting duluthnaacp.org/join
2. Join a Duluth NAACP Committee
3. Make a donation to the Duluth NAACP