CHICO, Calif. - Chico's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be streamed online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event will be broadcasted by BCAC TV Comcast Channel 11 and www.youtube.com/bcactv. The event is free and donations can be made to North State Equity Fund, which awards grants to advance racial equity.
The theme for the 40th Annual Virtual MLK Day Celebration is "Restoration, Reconciliation and Resilience." Thios came out of the many earth-shaking events many have experienced this past year: the uprising of the movement for racial justice in response to the murder of George Floyd, the passing of Honorable Rep. John Lewis, historic warrior for voting rights who marched with Dr. King, interwoven with the current chaos of our country's politics and the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.
Video Director Joshua Edwards of JE Photography and Productions has created the production with the assistance of Butte College Radio, Television & Film student Maranatha Sainte.
The virtual program begins with honoring Mechoopda Land and unfolds with gifted local artists, musicians, dancers, and singers.
You can expect "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and "Wade in the Water" as well as spoken word, hip hop artistry, African drum and Haitian dance.
Keynote speaker, Bethel AME Pastor Loretta Dickerson-Smith will lift spirits with inspired vision and Ali Meders-Knight shares the work of TEK (traditional ecological knowledge) in local ecological restoration.
Amma Culture's Anecia Johnson shares her creative approach to educating children about the history and heritage of African culture. Hue Vision Productions, a collaborative of local community members, offers performance art centering around the gift of passing on wisdom and culture from our ancestors.