Community leaders are scheduled to speak about the teachings and philosophies of Martin Luther King, Jr., Saturday at an event hosted by Youth Action Project, a San Bernardino nonprofit for young adults.
Additionally, Wil Greer, a professor at Cal State San Bernardino, Monica Stockhausen, founder of #NerdyGirlsRock and a professor at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, and Pastor Laquetta Bush-Simmons, of Immanuel Praise Fellowship, will relate King’s work and message to issues currently facing San Bernardino residents.
“Youth Action Project is excited to host a community event that not only remembers and honors the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but galvanizes a diverse group of people to give back and make a positive difference,” the nonprofit said in a release.
Youth Action Project representatives hope the event promotes volunteerism and social change.
Following the speeches, attendees can help assemble bags of necessities and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for area homeless. As many as 500 bags and 500 sandwiches are to be prepared.
“Our goal is to honor and promote the philosophy and practice of Dr. King while providing the community with a practical opportunity to serve others,” Joseph Williams, Youth Action Project CEO, said in an email.
There will be student-led entertainment throughout the day and a basketball tournament featuring school district police officers and students from San Bernardino high schools.
Youth Action Project also will recognize the life of local civil rights activist Frances Grice, who died Dec. 31 at the age of 84.
The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the San Bernardino Family YMCA, 808 E. 21st St.
For information, visit youthactionproject.org or call 909-754-3242.