Santa Barbara Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend - January 17 - 19, 2015

Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 12:00 AM
Monday, January 18, 2016 at 08:00 PM

Press Release

Santa Barbara Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend - January 17 - 19, 2015

A Community Celebration - “Drum Majors for Justice”

Stirring Music, Rally, March, Essay and Poetry Contest, Panel Discussion
and Special MLK Day, Keynote Speaker, Dr. Broderick Huggins, Bishop.
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 media 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. 

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, 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 Martin Luther King, 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,with the rhythm beaten out with an old broom handle and foot stomps. This centuries old tradition is practiced only by our Santa Barbara Ring Shout group and a very small number of groups from Georgia. 

Amazing Grace - Aerobic dance by Regina Moore-Davis, interpretative dance, choreographed by Joan Melendez, 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, Santa Barbara, Ca. 93108, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

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. 11:00 a.m. 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 Macisco and the Santa Barbara Dance Institute. Master of Ceremonies - Dr. Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval, UCSB.

Rev 5.24.10 

101 South from San Francisco: Southbound through Santa Barbara. EXIT Sheffield Drive–Note: Sheffield is a left hand exit. LEFT turn at the end of the exit ramp. RIGHT turn at the stop sign onto Jameson Road (for 0.1 mile). Curves immediately LEFT onto Sheffield Drive, continue on Sheffield Drive (for 1.3 miles) to stop sign at East Valley Road. RIGHT turn onto East Valley Road. Cross a narrow bridge (0.2 miles) and pass a “School Bus 400 ft.” sign (0.8 miles.) Ladera Lane will come up on your left in another 0.3 miles (total of 1.3 miles on East Valley Road). LEFT turn onto Ladera Lane (for 0.4 mile). LEFT turn into driveway, at sign for Pacifica Graduate Institute at 801 Ladera Lane. 

101 North from Los Angeles: Northbound through Carpinteria. EXIT Summerland. RIGHT turn at the end of exit ramp. RIGHT turn on to Via Real, the frontage road (for 0.4 miles). Pass Lambert Road (Pacifica’s Lambert Campus). 2nd LEFT turn onto Toro Canyon Road. Follow Toro Canyon Road (for about 1.4 miles): Toro Canyon winds uphill. Pass the intersection of Foothill Road, pass Toro Canyon Park. Toro Canyon curves to the LEFT to become East Valley Road (for 0.4 mile). Cross two narrow bridges and pass a yellow “School Bus 400 ft.” sign. RIGHT turn on Ladera Lane (for 0.4 mile). LEFT turn into driveway, at sign for Pacifica Graduate Institute at 801 Ladera Lane.