Martin Luther King Jr.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear friends,
When I reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. this is the quote that always comes to mind. To me it beautifully reflects his life as a pastor and they way that he approached action. We can never really know what is going to happen on any given day there are just too many elements operating outside of our control. We can however decide to act or take that first step in faith that the world can be better and that we can do better. Martin Luther King remains one of the worlds greatest peace heroes and it is important to celebrate his lasting legacy and reflect on the work still to be done. There are going to be a number of ways to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King this Monday in Missoula and around the country. I invite you all in the Missoula area to join the Missoula MLK Planning Committee for a day of celebration!

MLK Day Community Celebration

  • 3:00 Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock at the Roxy Theater – A documentary chronicling the peaceful resistance of Indigenous Water Protectors at Standing Rock with a facilitated discussion led by Lenny Peppers and members of the Missoula MLK Day Committee.
  • 5:00 Youth-Led Community Rally at the Roxy Theater
  • 5:30 March for Justice Led by Shawn White Grass, Roxy theater to St. Anthony’s Parish
  • 6:00 Community Celebration at St. Anthony’s Parish – Featuring a keynote address from Rabbi Laurie Franklin of Har Shalom, the presentation of awards for winners of the 25th annual MLK Youth Art & Essay Contest, and performances by local musicians and artists.
  • 8:00 Community Social & Dinner at St. Anthony’s Parish – An opportunity for community members to connect over food and conversation (suggested donation $5/person, $10/family).
  • If you are unable to make the community celebration Monday there will be an additional screening of Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock at the University Center Theater (University of Montana) Sunday, January 19 at 5:00. There will be a reception and discussion following the film led by local activist and comedian Lenny Peppers. Food will be provided and admission is free.

Wherever you are, I hope you all take an opportunity to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and take action to fulfill his dream.

Carol Schwartz