Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Santa Monica – January 16, 2017

Human Realtions Council Santa Monica Bay Area

Contact:  Donna Gentry, HRC Vice Chair
gentryevents@gmail.com
310.990.4284

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Stand & March for Justice with the Human Relations Council
January 16 – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA, CA, January 10, 2017 – Culminating a weekend of activities of the 32nd Annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, on Monday, January 16, the community will walk from the morning program at SGI-USA World Peace Ikeda Auditorium to the Community Involvement Fair at St. Monica Catholic Community’s Grand Pavilion.

With the weekend theme of “Stand Against Injustice,” Monday’s celebration begins at 9am with a free program at the SGI Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. The event is presented by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition (MLK Coalition) and the multi-ethnic, interfaith program will include inspirational readings, speakers, and music. The keynote speaker is Santa Monica College Superintendent/President Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery.

Continuing with the weekend theme of “Stand Against Injustice,” immediately following the program (approximately 10:30am) the Human Relations Council Santa Monica Bay Area and the MLK Coalition invite the community to walk the three blocks to the Community Involvement Fair at St. Monica, 701 California Ave, Santa Monica, where there will be refreshments and informational displays by a variety of community organizations.

Community leaders will lead the procession north on the sidewalks of 7th Street to California and east to the church’s Grand Pavilion. This community expression of the “Stand Against Injustice” theme stresses Peace, Compassion and Unity just a few days prior to a new administration on January 20.

The Human Relations Council Santa Monica Bay Area is a nonprofit organization that promotes a culture of fair treatment, inclusion and equal access to opportunities. The HRC Board of Directors represents a diverse group of leaders representing business, government, education, faith communities and local residents.

    Website: Hrcsantamonica.org    Facebook.com/HumanRelationsCouncilSantaMonica

For information on the MLK weekend of activities, call 310.866.9117 or visit Facebook.com/mlkwestsidecoalition or Twitter: Westsidemlk

32nd Annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

###

2017 MJB Community Impact Awards Program – Now Accepting Nominations

The Human Relations Council of Santa Monica Bay Area is a non-profit organization that promotes a culture of fair treatment, inclusion and equal access to opportunities.

December 1, 2016

The Human Relations Council – Santa Monica Bay Area is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the

2017 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards Program

leafripples

The goal of the HRC’s Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards Program is to recognize individuals whose involvement with community organizations as a volunteer contributes to and impacts building a respectful, inclusive community. Our honorees are people who:

  1. promote understanding within our diverse community,
  2. make a difference, and
  3. demonstrate compassion for others.

Our program is named for Mark Benjamin – a true hero who gave generously and thoughtfully in support of our community. He exemplified who Studs Terkel described when he wrote, “Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better.”

On May 26, 2013, the HRC Directors honored Mark Benjamin, President and CEO of Santa Monica-based Morley Builders for his thoughtfulness and generosity in supporting the work of the Human Relations Council, saying "He is a true hero." On May 29, 2013, Mark lost his life in a tragic accident.

On May 26, 2013, the HRC Directors honored Mark Benjamin, President and CEO of Santa Monica-based Morley Builders for his thoughtfulness and generosity in supporting the work of the Human Relations Council, saying “He is a true hero.” On May 29, 2013, Mark lost his life in a tragic accident.

We invite you to participate in the MJB Community Impact Awards Program by nominating someone who represents both your organization’s mission and the HRC’s goals. The nomination form is included here and also may be found on the HRC website. The nominating period is open from December 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017. Nominations will be reviewed between February 1st and March 1st and the recipients will be announced on April 1, 2017. Awardees will be honored at a specials event on April 27, 2017.

By nominating someone, you are also agreeing to participate in the selection process. During the month of February, you will be given nominations to review and rate. Your recommendations will be submitted to the HRC Board of Directors who will make the final decision.

Robert F. Kennedy observed, “Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current.” The HRC believes it is the sum of the modest, ongoing activities of many that lead to enduring change. Too ofter, these efforts for unrecognized. The HRC is asking you to help us identify members of our community who are making a significant impact and allow us to bring their work to center stage.

If you have questions please check out our website: hrcsantamonica.org/impact-2 or contact by email: jmaceri@opcc.net

John Maceri, Committee Chair
2017 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards Program
Human Relations Council-Santa Monica Bay Area
FAX: 301-264-6647