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Community Food Co-op Hosts 21st Annual MLK Jr. Day Event

Community Event

In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Community Food Co-op hosts Keeping the Dream Alive. On this evening, we celebrate Dr. King’s notion of a “Beloved Community,” with ceremony, song, presentations, and community sharing. Host Amanda Grelock: Amanda is the Co-op’s Equity Diversity and Inclusion coordinator, a position designed to assist and enable the Co-op to make healthy food accessible to all and to create a more inclusive community hub. Welcoming Presentation – William L John (Xwelwelat’se): William is a Lummi Elder, storyteller, and retired Lummi language teacher from Ferndale High School and Northwest Indian College. Special Musical Guest - Checo Tohomaso: Checo has previously toured with Motown legend Marvin Gaye playing keyboards, percussion, and singing background vocals. He has performed with Lionel Richie and the Commodores, Celine Dion, New Kids on the Block, and Reba McEntire, among others. Checo selected four well-known songs to sing with audience participation — Everyday People, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, People Get Ready, and Love Train. Keynote Presentation – Terrance Morris: Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing by Terrance Morris, diversity advocate, founder of A Connection, co-facilitator of Black Lives Matter Bellingham, and Whatcom Human Rights Task Force Board director. Open Mic Community Sharing - Share a poem, story, or song focused on diversity, human rights, or related issues. Presentations limited to three minutes or less, to leave time for others to share. Contact karlm@communityfood.coop to sign up.