Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial — Washington (DC) March 2012, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Ron Cogswell’s photostream

As part of their mission to have a neighborhood space where people can come together to connect and create, the Union Project holds an annual celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This will be the 14th year for this event which honors his legacy and helps to continue his work by bridging gaps between communities and promoting nonviolence. It will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 2:30.

From the Union Project:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a vision of the Beloved Community — where all are welcome regardless of race, age, identity, expression, or belief. The Beloved Community exists when people join together and actively choose love and nonviolence. This work was just as radical and relevant then as it is today.

At the celebration, they have planned activities designed to foster creative communication including:

  • 3:00 pm: A thoughtful conversation facilitated by community members Jay Oriola and Aerion Abney, with a kids-friendly educational project for ages 5+ taking place in the UP studio hosted by artist Christy Owens.
  • 4:30 pm: Button making with Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, and love letter writing with artist Maritza Mosquera.
  • 5:30 pm: Anqwenique Wingfield will lead those gathered in song and a community meal will be shared. Dinner will be catered by Community Kitchen and includes Mexi Rice, Apple Slaw, and Panzanella (both the Mexi Rice and Apple Slaw are gluten free and vegan friendly).

You can learn more at their website and at their Facebook event page.


Union Project, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Christopher “Rice’s” photostream