MLKMC – Keeping The Dream Alive

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Letter from a Birmingham Jail – April 16, 1963

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.”

“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

 The “I have a Dream” speech is certainly Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most oft quoted public oration. On this, the 53th year anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, let’s take a brief moment to reflect on the other facets of his life and legacy that bring us together to celebrate on this day of his birth, 92 years ago.

 Not merely a dreamer, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in education in all its forms as the key to individual growth. Education enables social advancement, understanding, and cooperation to build a just society.

As a civil rights activist, Dr. King practiced both non-violence and civil disobedience and was equally eloquent in print as he was at oration.

In the last years of his life, wearied by death threats, the slow pace of progress in the civil rights movement and facing criticism from other African American leaders, Dr. King persevered and discerning the connection between discrimination and poverty stated, “The economic problem is the most serious problem confronting the poor community.”

A Nobel Peace Prize winner, (1964) his plea for peace in response to the war in Vietnam, delivered at The Riverside Church in New York City (April 4, 1967), Dr King articulated, “I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

Too often, as the public remembers Dr. King we hear politician’s offer idle lip service to his memory. Today, in honor of Keeping the Dream Alive as we honor Dr. King’s legacy, I charge our elected officials and their appointees, our employees, with making public policy that truly reflects the life and legacy of Dr. King. Government policy that includes economic and social justice, and equal civil rights for all, in a spirit of public service that that strives to meet the basic needs of the members of our community who are most in need.

In this spirit of service and generosity of spirit, we today, remember his spirit.

Ernest W Sturdevant

Vice-President, MLKMC

January 18, 2021

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Rebuilding to Move Forward

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The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Council would like to inform interested applicants, community members, donors and potential donors that we will not be awarding scholarships or celebrating our usual event this January 2021.

We hope you, your friends and family are healthy and prosperous in the coming year, after a 2020 filled with hardship for many.

We appreciate the continued support of our schools, students, and community; and we look forward to awarding scholarships again in 2022.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Council Board

December 2020

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2018 Celebration Gallery

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“Keep the Dream Alive” Award Recipients

Pastor John Hill

Susanne B. Brown, MD

Performers

Chloe Nixon - Volcano Vista High School

Beauty & Motion - Fernando Barrios - Roberto Saenz - Ivori Johnson - Joseline Mendoza

Asian Fusion Collaboration Manzano High School Asian Student Union

Asian Fusion Collaboration Manzano High School Asian Student Union

La Mesa Elementary - Powwow Dancers and Drummers

La Mesa Elementary - Powwow Dancers and Drummers

Scholarship Recipients & Sponsors

 

Celebration Highlights

MLKMC Board

Grand Finale

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At The River I Stand

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The tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King on the grounds of the King Center in Atlanta. Simon J. Kurtz – photographer

April 4, 2018 – 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

On April 4, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while supporting the striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee.

The moving 1 hour documentary At The River I Stand shows the final 2 months of Dr. King’s life and the incredible history of the AFSCME sanitation workers.

The Guild Cinema

3405 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

$5 students/seniors/kids, $8 General. 3 pm show is a matinee – $5 for everyone

3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm

Panel discussion following the 7:00 pm showing with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council, AFSCME Council 18, and the MLK State Commission.

http://www.guildcinema.com/specialevents/

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Honor Celebration Gallery 2017

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The 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Celebration
January 16, 2017 1pm – 3pm at Congregation Albert in Albuquerque, New Mexico

An inspirational evening of musical performance, dance, and video with the 2017 scholarship recipients, recognition of community service, and thanks to sponsors and participating schools.

Participating sponsors and schools are listed below photos. Click on an image to begin viewing this photo gallery.

Sponsors - Wells Fargo
Sponsors - Mitchell, Olsen and Richardson Memorial Scholarships
Sponsors - PNM
Sponsors - Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
Sponsors - Bank of America
Sponsors - Smith's Food and Drug Stores
Sponsors - Diane G. Gibson, Albuquerque City Councilor
Sponsors - Wells Fargo
Sponsors - Wells Fargo
Sponsors - Silvio G. Dell'Angela
Sponsors - In Memory of Tony Kakinkis, Congregation Albert
Dancers - Student from V. Sue Cleveland High School
Dancers - Student from V. Sue Cleveland High School
Dancers - Student from V. Sue Cleveland High School
Sponsors - Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris & Sisk P.A.
Schools - Rio Grande High School
Sponsors - In memory of Milton S. Hall, Stephen and Renetta Torres
Sponsors - University of New Mexico, Division for Equity and Inclusion
Sponsors - Bank of America
Sponsors - PNM
Sponsors - Smith's Food and Drug Stores
Sponsors - Mitchell, Olsen and Richardson Memorial Scholarships
Sponsors - Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
Sponsors - Wayne A. Johnson, Commissioner Bernalillo County
Sponsors - In memory of Christopher M. Torres
2017 Scholarship Recipients
Sponsors - In memory of Tony Pakinkis, Congregation Albert
Sponsors - Second Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque
Audience - 2017 Celebration Event, Congregation Albert
Audience - 2017 Celebration Event, Congregation Albert
Audience - 2017 Celebration Event, Congregation Albert
Dancers - Manzano High School Asian Student Union
Dancers - Manzano High School Asian Student Union
Dancers - Manzano High School Asian Student Union
Keep the Dream Alive, Award Recipients
Music - Highland High School
Dancers - La Mesa Elementary School Pow Wow Club
Dancers - Traditional and Modern Irish Dance
Keep the Dream Alive recipient, with Founder
Music - Rap Music Artist
Music - Rap Music Artist
Dancers - Los Tapatios Dance Company
Dancers - Los Tapatios Dance Company
Dancers - Tomasita "Zumba," Tomasita Elemetary School
Scholarship Sponsors
Scholarship Sponsors
Sponsors - Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
Sponsors - In memory of Tony Pakinkis, Congregation Albert
Sponsors - Wayne Johnson
Keep the Dream Alive, award recipients
2017 Scholarship Recipients

Our 2017 “Keep the Dream Alive” award recipients:

Ann Edenfield, Executive Director/Founder, Wings for L.I.F.E. International
Senator Jeff Bingaman
Ms. Michelle Gonzales

Scholarship Sponsors:

Bank of America
Diane Gibson, Albuquerque City Councilor
Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
In Memory of Milton S. Hall – Sponsors Stephen and Renetta Torres
Mitchell, Olsen and Richardson Memorial Scholarship
Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris & Disk P.A.
PNM
Rio Rancho Community Foundation Memorial Scholarship
Second Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque
Silvio G. Dell’ Angela and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council
Smith’s Food and Drug Stores
In Memory of Tony Pakinkis – Sponsored by Congregation Albert
Commissioner Wayne A. Johnson, Bernalillo County
Wells Fargo

Co-Sponsors:

Albuquerque City Council
Albuquerque Public Schools
Bernalillo County
Central New Mexico Community College
Congregation Albert
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center
J. Jeffrey and Karen Pasquier, Perfection Laserwerks, LLC
University of New Mexico, Division for Equity and Inclusion

Schools represented:

Albuquerque High School
Amy Biehl High School
Atrisco Heritage Academy High School
Belen High School
Cibola High School
College and Career High School
Del Norte High School
Eldorado High School
Estancia High School
Health Leadership High School
Hope Christian School
La Cueva High School
Manzano High School
New Futures High School
Rio Grande High School
Sandia High School
South Valley Academy
V. Sue Cleveland High School
Valencia High School
Valley High School

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