Tuesday night, the Longmont City Council presented a proclamation declaring the week of January 14-21 as “All Cultures One Voice Week.” Those present to accept the proclamation were Madelyn Woodley and Glenda S. Robinson, co-chairs of the Longmont Dr. King committee.
Erick Finnestead, principal of Silver Creek High School, is the recipient of the proclamation and honored to be part of the Dr. King community.
“Certainly an inspiration to me, the many within our community and our country,” Finnestead said.
The proclamation honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy toward furthering the cause for civil rights, social justice, diversity and inclusion, according to communication.
Events held in Longmont will begin on Jan. 15 and are made possible by volunteers from diverse backgrounds, coming together to carry forward the legacy and significance of the Civil Rights Movement through a week of celebration, tribute, education, service and solidarity, according to the proclamation.
The proclamation states that it is an opportunity for the community to come together to promote a caring and inclusive community that is proud to embrace, respect, and celebrate all cultures and all people as one voice.
On Jan. 21, a community celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Silver Creek High School. The theme covers “All Cultures, One Voice Honoring Dr. Martin L. King Through Community Involvement.”
The event will include film, songs, music and speakers to honor Dr. King. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Almella Starks-Umoja, whose father, the late Dr. Henry Logan Starks, was a key figure of Dr. King’s planning committee, according to communication.
Principal Finnestead invites the community to attend and relive moments of history.
“We are all unified. And while we represent many cultures, we sing and we speak of the inclusiveness in unison,” Finnestead said.
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