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February 6, 2018
CDF-CA Executive Director Shimica Gaskins gave the keynote address at the Martin Luther King Community Coalition of Pasadena's annual MLK Holiday Celebration. More than 100 people gathered at McKinley Elementary School in Pasadena on Jan. 15 to observe Dr. King's birthday. The event began with a video presentation and teach-in led by Julie Reynoso, executive director of Elementary Education for Pasadena Unified School District.
Shimica spoke about Dr. King's legacy, why it is still important today and ways we can continue his work and keep his dream alive. "I want all the students here to know that whatever dreams you have in your heart they are possible," she said. "Having each of you thriving and being the best that you can be is the ultimate way to keep Dr. King's dream alive. And when, you aren't sure how you can do it or you feel alone, know that there are people in your community who are here to help and are fighting every day to make sure you are given the opportunities you deserve to achieve your dreams."
Other speakers included Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornk, Assemblymember Anthony Portantino and Congresswoman Judy Chu. Student winners in the essay and visual and performing arts contests were also recognized.
The Martin Luther King Community Coalition's holiday celebration is presented in conjunction with the Pasadena Unified School District, Tournament of Roses, Aspires West Pasadena, Friends Indeed, Scott United Methodist Church, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority-Pasadena Chapter, and the City of Pasadena. Click here to view pictures from the event >