Friday, January 25, 2019

Photo Essay, MLK Events in Santa Barbara

Melinda Palacio

Santa Barbara leaders and citizens march hand in hand

I've always been on the shy side, but if you've heard me read poetry or speak to a filled room, you wouldn't know it. While I tend to be the listener when a performer asks for the audience's participation, in a situation such as Monday's march to honor our civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, I was up in the front chanting and singing loudly alongside Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo.

Saturday's poetry program

This year Santa Barbara went all out with a three-day program to coincide with the three-day weekend. I was honored to be included in the celebration. 

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Poet Laureate Emerita of Santa Barbara

Every year Sojourner works around the clock, year round, to make the city's Dr. King Celebration special. I am always happy to help behind the scenes, but this year with the poetry events spread out, she asked me to lend my voice. 

Melinda Palacio

I started my set reading a poem about the situation at the border, before offering a few poems from Bird Forgiveness.

A highlight of our poetry and essay contest is the future, all the student winners whose poems and essay capture the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's theme is "Together We Stand."

Briana Moffett, Rosalyn Y. Collins, Melinda Palacio, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle
A satisfied selfie after escorting our winners backstage. 

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