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MLK Day: A Day of Remembrance and Reflection

14 January 2023, Saturday
The United States celebrates the life and achievements of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. annually on the third Monday of January as a federal holiday. This day is meant to commemorate the life and work of an inspirational leader who strove to bring hope and unity to America.

- Support the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council, which seeks to end racism and discrimination in the community
- Participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, which focuses on volunteerism
- Support the Asheville-Buncombe Arts and Culture Program, which works to bring diverse forms of art and culture to the community
- Host a discussion on Dr. King’s political philosophy and the local and national civil rights movement
- Attend the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon at UNC Asheville
- Participate in the Asheville-Buncombe NAACP’s annual candlelight vigil honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King
- Host a film screening of documentaries and films about Martin Luther King Jr.
- Join the Asheville-Buncombe Peace Alliance’s annual march and rally to promote peace
- Donate to the YMI Cultural Center, which works to provide youth with access to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy
- Attend the annual MLK Jr. Breakfast Celebration at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

As we recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let's honor the legacy of equality and justice that he left and work towards making a difference in our respective communities. Let's be reminded of his meaningful message of racial equity, and strive to bring about positive change.

On this day, we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for justice and equality – a fight that continues to this day. Despite the challenges we may face which can lead to frustration and anger, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to eliminating racial disparities and restoring historical disenfranchisement. 

The City of Asheville has taken an important step in this direction by creating the Community Reparations Commission, which is empowered to make practical recommendations to rectify the damage caused by systemic racism. We must all recognize the importance of this transformative movement, and pledge to create a more just and equitable world.

Let us honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day by reaffirming our dedication to fairness and equity for all. The work of addressing racial disparity and injustice is a continual process that requires unwavering attention and dedication. This Monday, January 9, 2023, the Reparations Commission held its last meeting to deliver a report in a timely manner, which will be taken into account by the City and other associated community groups in their short and long-term plans.
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