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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Civil Rights Read-Off
January 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Marfa residents and visitors are invited to participate in the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Civil Rights Read-Off. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal and state holiday set aside to celebrate and honor the life and work of the famed civil rights leader and the values he espoused: courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, non-violence, and service.
The Civil Rights Read-Off will take place on Monday, January 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the front lawn of the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa. The event will consist of five hours of contemporary and historic speeches, poems, and essays on the theme of civil and human rights. Works will be read aloud by volunteers from the Marfa community.
This year’s program will expand in scope to include an hour of programming by students from Marfa ISD. In addition to Superintendent Oscar Aguero’s reading of Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech, the opening hour from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. will include works selected, created, and delivered by students. These include Ana Guerra reading Sojourner Truth’s Ain’t I a Woman, Kim Soto reading Angela Davis’s speech from the 2016 Women’s March, and excerpts from Dr. King’s A Letter from a Birmingham Jail presented by Ummi Chavez, Alexis Gonzalez, Ayanni Johnson, and Lelsy Torres. Celena Llanez will read a personal essay on the day’s themes. And Mr. Trevino will read a piece about Malcolm X.
The public is invited to come and go throughout the day. Seating will be provided (although many people enjoy bringing a blanket and sitting on the lawn), and a sound system will ensure that all can hear the readings. Bring your coffee, bring your lunch, bring your friends and family, and bring your enthusiasm for justice and equality. The event is free and open to everyone. You can find a link to this year’s speeches and learn more at kingdaymarfa.com.