Take the challenge.
A Challenge to the Rogue Valley to read the book
Many of the issues taken on by the 1960s' Civil Rights Movement are still problematic today. As the local organizers of this year's MLK Day events, we encourage our entire community to read Why We Can't Wait by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to educate ourselves about the issues Dr. King identified, how we can overcome them, and why the time is now.
This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2021 -- in place of the community gatherings we have enjoyed in Medford and Ashland for many years -- we are creating a video program reflecting on the 1960’s as documented in Why We Can’t Wait and the parallels of today. The program includes performances from local artists and community groups, followed by a live panel discussion on the topic, bringing the challenge to all our neighbors in the Valley.
The Challenge: Read the book Why We Can’t Wait and become more aware of who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was, his leadership, and his nonviolent direct action movement toward systemic change—to build communities that are equitable and inclusive. Then do your part to bring change, while passing the challenge on to your neighbors and other cities.
When you accept the challenge, you can register your participation here at Jackson County Library Services.
JCLS also offers further reading lists for:
Adults - Teens - Middle grade readers - Picture books
Watch the film.
Why We Can't Wait Video and Panel Discussion
We are also on Facebook, and RVTV (Cable TV in Southern Oregon). The panel featured our special guests, Dr. Geneva Craig, Civil Rights Leader, and Dr. John L. Dolan, Freedom Rider.
Facilitated discussions starting in February
We invite you to join us as we delve deeper into the purpose and real-time applications of Why We Can't Wait with fellow community members in a safe, caring and purposeful environment. The MLK planning committee is hosting small group conversations, facilitated by a strong group of dedicated volunteers on a monthly basis.
All sessions are currently full! Additional sessions may be offered later in the Spring pending community interest.
Read the book.
Why We Can't Wait - King Legacy edition or Signet edition
Get it from your local bookstore, Jackson County Library Services, or ebook ( Apple - Kindle - Nook )
Get the Tee.
Header photograph: Bomb-damaged home of Arthur Shores (5 September 1963), U.S. News & World Report staff photography, public domain.