“Making the Invisible Visible.”
Unity In Marin presents its 5th celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As we all reflect and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we listen to the “good ole gospel singing” with Cindy Acker, Rev. Ulis Redic and friends and the incredible Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir. Their enthusiasm is electric. Our spirit of celebration will be uplifted while listening to them.
The theme of this year’s event is “Making the Invisible Visible”, which is a tribute and continuation of the meaningful works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- non-violence to build community. Our co-hosts for the evening will be Cindy Acker and Rev. Elisabeth Middelberg.
The event begins with a soul food potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share with a southern flare i.e. greens, sweet potatoes, BBQ chicken, cole slaw, etc.
Dinner hour jazz piano, Ricardo Moncrief
Cindy Acker and Rev. Elisabeth Middelberg will co-host the evening joined with Rev. Ulis Redic of the Lighthouse Gospel Choir and Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir.
As we all reflect and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we listen to the “good ole gospel singing” with Cindy Acker and friends and the incredible Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir. Their enthusiasm is electric. Our spirit of celebration will be uplifted while listening to them.
The program presentations will include powerful speakers from Marin City and Oakland helping us make visible the extraordinary youth of our communities culminating in a deeper dialogue with a Q and A.
Our speakers come from Marin City’s Health and Wellness Center’s The Defenders program and the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland.
Zared Lloyd is the program director of Marin City’s Health and Wellness Center’s The Defenders program. The Defenders propels the vision of building a social enterprise to change cross-generational dynamics of poverty and the behavior of young, disadvantaged/at-risk teens, as they become men. Since The Defenders launched in 2015, 50 youth have participant in the program. Of that 50, teachers report 92% better behavior at school and 84% increased academic performance; parents and guardians report 95% improved behaviors at home. We will hear from two youth participating in the program demonstrating the exemplary progress being made.
The MLK Jr. Freedom Center offers leadership non-violence classes and civic engagement for middle and high school aged youth from diverse racial and cultural communities in Oakland and the East Bay. The curriculum develops cultural power through reflection and action. Learning takes place through critical problem solving. Dr. Wilson will introduce two youth speakers, who have been studying with the center to cultivate their leadership skills.
Please join us at the celebration or the live stream on-line
Date: Saturday January 13, 2018 7:00pm
Where: Unity In Marin, 600 Palm Drive, Novato, CA 94949
Celebration tickets $25; at the door $30; students $15; online viewing $5.00
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Note of information: Our 2015 celebration was the lead story on Fox News channel 2 at 10:00pm and on the morning news. The story was picked up and covered by the Los Angeles news as well.
Cindy Acker Choir Director and Co- host for the evening
Cindy has studied music theory and piano. She was vocally trained by the late Johnny Land, and has sung with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the Glide Ensemble and a regularly featured soloist with the Metropolitan Community Worship and Praise Choir of San Francisco. She has led two choirs: The Amazing Graces Mira Vista United Methodist Church Choir and the River of Praise Choir of The MCC of the Redwood Empire. Cindy was requested to conduct a citywide faith choir for Marriage Equality in Alameda and wrote and conducted a musical regarding the voices of youth, entitled, In Our Hands, for which she received a commissioned piece of art. She loves the impact of social justice work, walking, live theater and concerts, especially Colors of Christmas at the SF Symphony, Zumba and having things organized.
Co-host - Rev. Elisabeth Middlebergh licensed as an Art Therapist and as a MFT in the late nineties and she finished her Master’s degree in Theology at PSR in 2001. She was ordained in the year 2000 as one of a comparatively small number of pastors who hold dual and complimentary degrees as a therapist and as a minister. She is currently the Spiritual Care Coordinator and a therapist At Piedmont Gardens, a retirement community in Oakland. She served as head of Spiritual Care for Kaiser SF. She obtained her chaplaincy training from CPMC and from the Zen Hospice program in San Francisco. Within the spiritual community, she brings a dedication to transformation and spiritual renewal while growing communities of peace.
Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir Musicians: Louis Burrell- keys, Allen McPherson- drums, Sid Smith- bass
The Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir introduces gospel music to youth ages 13 to 18. The choir first started in 1997, now includes 21 members from diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
Unity In Marin’s Benny Watson on piano with friends
A panel of Youth speakers from:
and Zared Lloyd from Marin City Health and Wellness Center’s Defenders program http://www.marincityclinic.org/marin-city-health-and-wellness-center/youth/the-defenders/