You are invited to ‘Dream with a Vision’ Monday

Published 12:33 am Friday, January 12, 2018

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  A variety of activities to honor Dr. King and celebrate his birthday will be held in Natchez and throughout this nation.

One of these activities, of special importance, is the “I Have A Dream Youth Luncheon.” The luncheon is hosted annually by the Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture (NAPAC), an organization which recently celebrated its 27th year anniversary. Along with a delicious lunch, this year’s program will provide entertainment by the superb youth talent from the Miss-Lou area.

This year’s theme, Dream with a Vision, Live with a Purpose, personifies Dr. King’s life. As a champion against social injustice, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. centered his life’s work around, bringing different cultures together and advancing mankind. Dr. King was a civil rights leader who preached strongly against the mistreatment of black Americans and other people of color.  He spoke out against all forms of hatred and inequality and encouraged his listeners to ignore skin color and love all people.  Moreover, Dr. King encouraged nonviolence. Today people of all races in America claim freedom.  In our modern society, education serves as the platform for the advancement of all people. An educated and enlightened society makes better decisions, works for the common good and understands and appreciates the need to return and do something good for those who are less fortunate.

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In an effort to live up to the ideals of Dr. King and to fulfill its mission, NAPAC hopes that the luncheon will inform our youth of the struggle and the values of Dr. King.  Dr. King left us a legacy of hope and NAPAC wants to remind the children of Dr. King’s dream. More importantly, NAPAC wants them to remember that Dr. King and many others paid the ultimate price; they gave their lives in the struggle for justice and equality.

Last year, 2017, was unforgettable for many reasons, both sad and joyous, and as we move forward in this historic year, we hope that this luncheon will be our largest and the most memorable. Therefore, we are calling on all youths throughout the Miss-Lou area, to attend the Martin Luther King “I Have A Dream Youth Luncheon” in record numbers.  The luncheon will be held at the Natchez Convention Center, Jan. 15, beginning 10 a.m.  Please support the luncheon through your churches, organizations, and schools or as an individual.  The cost of the luncheon is $11 per person.  To ensure getting a seat, please call Mary White at 601-446-5601, Flora Terrell at 601-446-5218 or Juanita Jones  at 601-446-5752. Make all checks payable to NAPAC.

Thank you for your cooperation and generous support in the past.  We know that you will enjoy and benefit from participating in the 2018 “I Have A Dream Youth Luncheon!”  It is not too late to get your tickets. Please call and make your reservation today.  We look forward to seeing you on Monday, Jan.  15.

Juanita Jones is NAPAC Board Member.