MLK Celebration at Senior Center to Feature Agape Founder Beckwith

Join in at the Senior Center for the annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration on Sat. Jan. 19  from noon to 6 pm. There will be a celebration of King’s life and work, with speakers, films, panel discussion and many activities for all ages,  The keynote of the event will feature Agape’s founder, Reverend Doctor Micheal Beckwith, speaking on the day’s theme “What Did Dr. King Say? And What Will We Do? ”

Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith founded the Agape International Spiritual Center in 1986 based on faith in a vision of a trans-denominational spiritual community. Agape reaches deep into local and global communities teaching individuals about the transforming, healing power of prayer, meditation, and selfless service. Agape’s active teaching and practice of the New Thought-Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality has expanded into a trans-denominational movement and community of 9,000 local members and 1,000,000 friends worldwide.

In a personal letter the Rev. Dr. Beckwith Coretta Scott King wrote, “I greatly admire what you are doing to bring about the Beloved Community, which is certainly what my dear husband worked for and ultimately gave his life.”

The Teen Center will offer special public service announcement developed by Culver City youth entitled, “64 Ways to Practice Nonviolence.”

Common Peace, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of nonviolence, and veteran filmmaker and animator Bruce Heller worked with the youth at the Culver City Teen Center to produce a PSA that fosters an understanding of the basic principles of nonviolence.

“Debuting a public service announcement about nonviolence created by Culver City youth during Culver City’s celebration of Dr. King is a perfect fit,” said Common Peace Executive Director Candace Carnicelli. “It’s a great way to honor Dr. King and the principles he stood for.”

There will also be an exhibit by the Mayme Clayton Museum and Library and activies for children throughout the day.

The event is free to the public and will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at the Culver City Senior Center, 4095 Overland Ave.

A schedule of events is included below-

11:30 a.m. Doors Open

12 – 12:25 p.m. West Los Angeles College Jazz Ensemble

12:25 – 12:35 p.m. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (Agape Youth Choir) and Star Spangled Banner (Chikk)

12:35 – 12:40 p.m. Welcome from Rupert Francisco, chair, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee

12:40 – 12:45 p.m. Comments from Culver City Mayor Andy Weissman

12:45 – 12:50 p.m. Acknowledgments

12:50 – 1 p.m. Actor Gerald Rivers as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1 – 2 p.m. Keynote speech Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith

2 – 2:10 p.m. Comments by Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, President of West LA College

2:10 – 2:45 p.m. Winners, Culver City Martin Luther King Student Speech contest

2:45 – 3 p.m. Introduction of film, Dr. Darnell Hunt, UCLA professor and scholar

3 – 3:50 p.m. Screening of “MLK: The Assassination Tapes”

3:50 – 4:35 p.m. Panel discussion with Ellen Broms, Robert Farrell, and Dr. Robert Singleton with moderator Larry Earl Jr., Executive Director of the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum

4:35 – 5:10 p.m. Q&A with panelists

5:10 – 5:20 p.m. Actor Gerald Rivers as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

5:20 – 5:30 p.m. Closing remarks, Rupert Francisco, chair, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

5:30 p.m. Birthday cake served in honor of Dr. King’s birthday


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