2022 Martin Luther King, Jr Day events
IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT MARCH FOR UNITY!
Due to the recent surge of COVID infections and hospitalizations in our community, the Live the Dream March for Unity WILL NOT be held in person.
Instead, following in the spirit of building a BELOVED COMMUNITY, please make a donation of non-perishable food or personal care items through the end of February 2022 to help vulnerable families in our community.
Donations will be distributed through the food pantries at Reach Out Lakota and Faith Community United Methodist Church. Find a detailed list of needed donation items HERE.
You can make a donation at any of the following locations:
Together, we can make a difference in our community! Take a photo of yourself (and your family and friends) dropping items off and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #mlkdaywcl. You can also email us a photo at livethedreamWCL@gmail.com.
You can also support these local food pantries by making a direct financial donation.
Live the Dream Program
The annual LIVE THE DREAM community Martin Luther King Jr. Day program in West Chester and Liberty Township, Ohio is virtual for 2022. It will feature student essay winners, music from a virtual community choir, and a message from keynote speaker, Rev. Kendall Wright.
In addition to viewing the program on this page, there are several other ways to view the program anytime on or after January 17 at 12:00 pm:
Why We March Today
Not because we must, but because we may.
Not as a protest to change what is not fair, but as a celebration of the positives for which we are thankful.
We are members of a community, coming together peacefully to demonstrate that ours is a town that strives toward racial reconciliation, and hopes to express that goal symbolically in a tangible way.
We have collected a wide range of RESOURCES for adults, youth, and children to learn about anti-racism, bias, history, and how you can take action for change in your community. LEARN MORE
Black History Month at MidPointe Library
The Legal Trailblazer: Justice Thurgood Marshall and the Fight for Racial Equality
Monday, February 28, 2022 at 5:30 pm
MidPointe Library West Chester (9363 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester, OH 45069)
Join us in celebrating Black History Month with Eric Guttag’s presentation on the extraordinary career of Justice Thurgood Marshall. This presentation is a partnership between Live The Dream, West Chester Township and MidPointe Library System.
Growing up in a segregated Maryland, Thurgood Marshall knew all too well what racism was. He would get a law school degree and become the primary civil rights lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall would argue, often successfully, many civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the most famous being Brown v. Board of Education. He would later be nominated by President Kennedy as a judge to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, being later appointed by President Johnson as the first African American as U.S. Solicitor. Marshall was then elevated by President Johnson to the U.S. Supreme Court as its first African American Supreme Court Justice. So let’s learn about this legal trailblazer and his fight for racial equality.
This event is the offically sanctioned observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in West Chester and Liberty Townships
What is the Purpose of Our Commemoration?