22nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference

01/18/2020 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Whatcom Community College Syre Center
235 West Kellogg Rd
Whatcom Human Rights Task Force
22nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference @ Whatcom Community College Syre Center

Presented by the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, with Conference host Whatcom Community College, and Conference Partner Bellingham Public Schools

The theme of the 2020 Conference is “Tomorrow is Today – The Fierce Urgency of NOW”, which Dr. King referenced in two of his most influential speeches, “I Have a Dream” delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 26th, 1963 and “Beyond Viet Nam, A Time to Break Silence” at Harlem’s Riverside Church on April 4th, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated. His message remains as urgent today as it did over 50 years ago.

Now in its twenty-second year, the Conference provides a space for the community to come together and renew our commitment to the ideals that Dr. King held dear and believed deeply that this country could attain only by working together and acknowledging our shared history: ideals of equity, freedom, and self-determination. The Conference offers a rare opportunity for people of all ages and walks of life to share our stories, lift our voices to call out injustice, and take actions that will help make Dr. King’s ideals reality.

The day-long Conference will take place on Saturday, January 18th, 2020, 8:30 AM to 4 PM at Whatcom Community College. The conference is free and open to all ages. It will feature a keynote presentation led by young adults entitled “Moving the Dream Forward”, along with morning and afternoon workshop sessions. Community resource tables and light refreshments will be available throughout the day. During the lunch break, there will be food vendors on site with lunch options for purchase, as well as various opportunities for informal social interaction and individual creative expression.

Continuing Education Units will be available for social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists. Clock Hours will be available for educators.

Sponsors include: the Community Food Co-op, Chuckanut Health Foundation, WWU Foundation, National Association of Social Workers Washington Chapter, Veterans for Peace Chapter 111.

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