Our speakers this year are congresswoman Barbara Lee; Mayor Margaret Fujioka; Police Chief Rikki Goede; and PHS Junior Courtney Gao.
Courtney Gao is a junior at Piedmont High School. She enjoys playing classical piano, writing for The Piedmont Highlander, and inviting speakers to school with her fellow members in Voice Cooperative.
The House I Live In, presented by the Appreciating Diversity Film Series, is one of the strongest we've shown. It traces the genesis and history of the War on Drugs, and its catastrophic effects on the fabric of black and other poor communities. We learn about the impact on policing, the courts, and the mushrooming prison system, and the huge economy it supports. The recent tragic deaths of black men on city streets are only the tip of the iceberg. For our discussion after the film, we'll have a former Piedmont student who is now a Public Defender, who will outline recent changes in drug law sentencing and answer questions. The film is appropriate for older middle school and high school students. I hope we'll have a great turnout--please tell friends and family it's a must-see!
2 Free Screenings
Together We Slam is an emergent Spoken Word performing group of PUSD Middle and High School students. We will be featuring their short, powerful pieces throughout the program during our 2015 MLK Day Celebration.
Sarah Stuetz is a high school junior at Piedmont High School, and she enjoys participating in the theater program and is co-president of the Together We Slam poetry club at PHS. She loves spending time with her nose in a book or scratching the nose of her horse at the barn.
Tom Jara is a junior at Piedmont High School and has been writing and performing Spoken Word since middle school. He is co-president of the new Together We Slam poetry club at PHS, and he has something to say.
By the way, PADC is planning to feature Together We Slam alongside Mingus Amungus at our Yoshi's event this year, on Thursday evening, April 30th -- save the date!
The Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir/Ecco Choir, led by Clifton Massey, will be performing at our 2015 MLK Day Celebration.
PEBCC: Ecco Choir is the high school aged choir who performs engaging repertoire from medieval to contemporary to jazz. Ecco has approximately 40 members and is one of the the award winning Piedmont East Bay Childrens Choir (PEBCC). Founded by Suzie Rahl in 1982, the Choir has established itself as a leading force in international choral activities and the commissioning and performance of new music.
The young and talented musicians of Oaktown Jazz Workshops (OJW) have impressed audiences for twenty years and will be opening the Piedmont Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration on January 19. Formed in 1994 by the late, talented jazz trumpeter, Khalil Shaheed, and directed by Ravi Abcarian, Oaktown Jazz Workshops (OJW) celebrates jazz music as an American indigenous art form of profound artistic and cultural significance.
We are delighted to feature The One Voice Choir in our celebration of Martin Luther King, Junior this year, led by Solas Burke-Lalgee!
The Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee (PADC) will host the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, free and open to the public, at the Piedmont Community Center from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Monday, January 19. The theme of this year’s celebration is Fairness for All, with a focus on recent events in Ferguson and elsewhere in the United States.
This year’s event will feature performances by the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir’s Ecco Choir, Oakland School for the Art's One Voice Choir, and the Oaktown Jazz Workshop. The celebration will also include spoken word performances by students from Piedmont and Millennium High Schools and Piedmont Middle School. Speakers representing state government, the Mayor’s office, and the Piedmont Police Department will discuss Dr. King and his legacy. Snacks and beverages will be for sale. See program below for a full schedule.
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration is sponsored by PADC and the City of Piedmont with support from the Piedmont Asian American Club.