The 21st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Saturday Conference
Remaining Awake Together: Nurturing a Revolution of Values
Workshops and Keynote
Saturday, January 19th, 2019, 9 AM – 4 PM
Whatcom Community College, Syre Student Center
235 W Kellogg Rd, Bellingham, WA
The theme of this year’s Conference, Remaining Awake Together: Nurturing a Revolution of Values, draws on the principles Dr. King delineated in his speech, “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-first 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 19th, 2019, 9 AM to 4 PM at Whatcom Community College Syre Student Center. It will feature a participatory “People’s Keynote” designed to encourage conversation and build bridges, along with morning and afternoon workshop sessions. During the lunch break, there will be food vendors on site, as well as various opportunities for informal social interaction and individual creative expression. Community resource tables and light refreshments will be available throughout the day in the foyer/registration area. Continuing Education Units will be available for social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists. Clock Hours will be available for educators. The Conference will be followed by the First Annual Unity Ball in the evening!
Thanks to the continued support of individuals, organizations, and businesses in Whatcom County, the Conference will be free and open to all, as it has been since its inception.
Those wishing to may help support the success of the 2019 Conference by making a donation. We couldn’t do it without you!
When you attend the Conference, you can also support the Orca Food Pantry, serving WCC students in need. We will be collecting donations of nonperishable staples, ready-to-eat meals, and new/unused personal care items.
Current list of 2019 Conference sponsors: Chuckanut Health Foundation ~ Community Food Coop ~ National Association of Social Workers ~ Western Washington University ~ Whatcom Peace & Justice Center ~ Veterans for Peace ~ Village Books ~ League of Women Voters Bellingham/Whatcom County
The 2019 Conference Planning Committee of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force