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MLK Day at Pony Village

From right: Aryana Phillips, Dylon Bessey, and Willis Homann, members of The Guild after school program, present the Universal Declaration of Human Rights articles at the Monday afternoon Coos County annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Pony Village Mall on Jan. 18, 2016. The celebration included presentations, songs, an award, and a performance by The Raging Grannies.

NORTH BEND — “Take a stand, make a difference in this land!” and join the Human Rights Advocates of Coos County to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a birthday celebration that will be held 1-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Pony Village Mall. 

This year's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration commemorates the life and legacy of a man who made a empowered stand for civil rights, using nonviolent means, to make a difference in this land – personally, socially, politically and internationally. For his nonviolent methods of social change, Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. 

"The HRACC invite you to take a stand to make a difference in our land as well," said Bitten Duggan of HRACC. "What can you do to make a positive difference in your personal life, in our local community, for our social and environmental systems and in our state and national health, science and political endeavors and more?"

The Human Rights Advocates of Coos County salute the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered Dr. King’s revolutionary spirit, Duggan added. The HRACC are taking a stand in 2018 to make a difference in our land by focusing our educational efforts on enacting a movement of celebrating the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, 1948.

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"We commemorate the everlasting values Dr. King exemplified — courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service," Duggan said. "Such principles radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership as he brought hope and healing to America."

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