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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 05 January 2006

Sisters of the Road will observe its annual remembrance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 16 with a downtown march and rally. The King Day celebration, the Sisters' 14th celebration, carries the theme "MLK Everyday: Traveling the Road of Change Through Nonviolence." The march is set to gather at 2 p.m. at Sisters of the Road Café, 133 N.W. Sixth Ave. The march steps off from the café at 3 p.m., and ends at St. Mary's Academy, 1615 S.W. Fifth Ave., for a rally and celebration starting at 4 pm. The march and rally will celebrate the life and work of the Rev. King, and inspire citizens to bring the practice of nonviolence into our own lives and actions every day. Children and families are welcomed and encouraged to march. Transportation will be provided for those who want to join but need a little assistance to travel the 1.1-mile route. The rally will feature keynote speaker Sharif Abdullah, an author, trainer and activist for social, cultural and spiritual transformation. In Abdullah's words, "We are here to actually act like we love each other and to act out that love on a daily basis." Also speaking will be Jeri Sundvall, founder of the Environmental Justice Action Group, a grassroots organization dedicated to developing and using community-based leadership in people of color and low-income communities to address the issues of health, safety and environmental justice. Photos of last year's march, and more information on this year's event can be found at www.sistersoftheroad.org.

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