It’s been fun but its time to move on.
My earliest support of the Beloved Community Council happened before it existed.
Way back in January 2009, I published a special promotional flyer for MLK Community Alliance Peace walk cleverly disguised as an issue of the African-American Perspective newsletter. I did not participate in the symbolic walk across the Market Street Bridge. It was too cold. Instead, I was in Pine Street United Methodist Church’s kitchen helping to prepare hot meals for the marchers.
Ahhh, those were the days. Barack Hussein Obama had been elected 44th President of the United States and a feisty band of individuals celebrated Martin Luther King’s birthday in a very public way… marching across the frozen Susquehanna River to hold service at the Salvation Army.
In 2012, I worked with another group in Williamsport that also held Martin Luther King in their official name. The MLK Street Sign Committee had a portion of Williamsport’s Memorial Avenue officially changed Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd.
But the Martin Luther King Commemoration Committee was also making moves too. They held a “round table” discussion on January 21, 2013 at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
In November 2013, Vanessa Hunter suggested that I join the board of the Martin Luther King Commemoration Committee. I worked with the group for a hot minute. I created posters, online promotions, a logo and also helped with creating an indiegogo fundraising account. But I moved on. I still supported the MLK group and they asked me to return to the group.
I suggested that two MLK groups in Williamsport could be confusing to the public. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Committee changed its name to the Beloved Community Council. I redesigned the logo. And established the website.
I have worked steadily with the Beloved Community Council since the summer of 2014 as Communications Co-Chair. I provided content on BCC’s website and Facebook pages, I produced flyers, and posters, Public Service Announcements, Press Releases and Media Alerts. I created a six foot banner for use at events. I even moderated a few round table discussions.
Unfortunately, due to health reasons, I must step down as Communication Chair and withdraw from most BCC activities. This will be my last post.
I enjoyed working with such a dedicated group of people. Together, we helped bring Dr. King’s Dream a little closer reality. The endless, meetings throughout the year, the coordination with institutions and collaboration with community partners and the BCC events themselves are, for me, time well spent.
Thanks to everyone who gave me an opportunity to serve.