Interfaith Roundtable to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

  • FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The annual celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in his hometown in Atlanta is calling for renewed dedication to nonviolence following a turbulent year. The slain civil rights leader’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, said in an online church service Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, that physical violence and hateful speech are “out of control” in the aftermath of a divisive election followed by a deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol in Washington by supporters of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/File)

PRINCEVILLE — The Interfaith Roundtable of Kaua‘i will celebrate the legacy of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. this Monday, and it’s inviting all who are interested to attend.

The outdoor event, running from 3 to 5 p.m. near the Makai Golf Club snack bar, will feature an open mic, live music and readings from King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech.

“We are coming together to see and hear how people tear down walls and build bridges in honor of MLK,” organizer Anna Myers told The Garden Island.

The open mic segment is dedicated to sharing King’s message and its importance, and expressing connection with a community believing in love, respect and equality for all, according to an event flyer.

Speaking will be optional – “listening is golden,” the flyer states.

Musicians Bryn Quick, Aimee and Jeremy Brown of Soulgood Family and a group from Church of the Pacific are scheduled to perform.

Sandy Brodie, of Kaua‘i Koa Farm in Princeville, will read excerpts of the “Dream” speech, which King delivered on Aug. 28, 1963, near the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Krista Brodie will provide American Sign Language interpretation.

Myers described King as “a great wayshower” dedicated to nonviolence on the road to equality in the United States.

“There’s violent behavior, I see inequality expressed in ways that I don’t like and I see people are not connected as much as I’d like them to be,” Meyers said. “I’m hoping this event will show people we’re really all connected, we’re all the same and we all should have equality and express love.”

Pupus and drinks will be available for purchase at the venue’s snack bar. A bathroom is on site.

Attendees are advised to bring chairs, if possible.

For more information, call Meyers at 808-482-0964.

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Scott Yunker, reporter, can be reached at 245-0437 or syunker@thegardenisland.com.

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