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Motherlode Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Birthday Celebration

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Date(s) - 01/15/2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sonora High School Auditorium


The Motherlode Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee will present the 22nd annual MLK birthday celebration on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Sonora High School Auditorium. This year’s program will feature Dr. Mimi Kim of CSU Long Beach who will speak about “Transformative Justice,” music by Jazz@8, Mark Dyken, andDennis Brown and Michelle Allison, and students from Poetry Out Loud reading works, as well as student essay contest winners. A reception will follow in the cafeteria. The event is free.

Dr. Mimi Kim and Transformative Justice

The Motherlode Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee will hold its 22nd annual King birthday celebration on Sunday, January 15, at 2 p.m.  The featured speaker is Dr. Mimi Kim, Assistant Professor of Social Work at CSU Long Beach.  A widely recognized speaker, author, teacher and consultant, Dr. Kim brings expertise which extends broadly through the areas of non-violent solutions to sexual assault, domestic violence and community health, especially in immigrant communities of color.

She is the founder of Creative Interventions (www.creative-interventions.org) which has developed an innovative model for community-based interventions that rely upon friends, families and communities as an alternative to law enforcement. She is currently leading a state-wide training initiative on community-based alternatives which incorporate the practices of Restorative Justice and Transformative Justice.


Dr. Kim will discuss how our current interventions to domestic and sexual violence originated and the critical need for alternatives to criminal justice responses.  Such alternatives would be rooted in the principles and practices of Restorative Justice and Transformative Justice.


Transformative justice is a strategy for responding non-violently to conflicts.  It is concerned with the root causes of community problems.  A transformative justice approach seeks to change the conditions that create, maintain and support oppression or exploitation.  It takes the principles and practices of restorative justice beyond the criminal justice system and into the community.  Involving the community, it treats an offense as a relational and educational opportunity for victims, offenders and the affected community as well.  Transformative justice uses a holistic approach, looking not just at crime, but at the causes of crime, not just at problems but at their root, as it seeks accountability, healing and peacemaking.

Dr. Kim will bring to our podium a long history of activism aimed at creating a collective response to interpersonal violence in communities across the country. Her current activities focus on building capacity for grassroots social justice organizations to make community-based transformative justice a real possibility.

Dennis Brown, who has performed at the events over the past 15 years, will provide music along with singer Michelle Allsion.  Drummer Mark Dyken of Clan Dyken will do the invocation.  Local students from the Summerville High School choir Jazz@8 will sing, those from Poetry Out Loud will read a poem, while others who won the MLK essay contest will read a few excerpts.

The 90-minute program will be held at the Sonora High School auditorium and is free to the public.  A reception in the cafeteria will follow.  For more information, go to motherlodemlk.org or the Motherlode MLK Facebook page.