Dayton HRC

Second Annual “World House” Party to Celebrate Dayton’s Diversity, Commemorate Civil Rights Movement

Release Date: Monday, January 5, 2015
Contact: Erica Fields, Human Relations Council, 937-333-1413

The Dayton Human Relations Council is partnering with the YWCA of Greater Dayton to sponsor the second annual Youth World House Party, a civil rights celebration commemorating the achievements and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event takes place at the YWCA, 141 W. Third St., on Saturday, January 17, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Youth World House Party is designed to increase understanding and appreciation among local youth for the civil and human rights movement. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “world house,” the event will also celebrate the cultural diversity of the Dayton community by featuring world music, dance, spoken word and food. Presenters will explore the historical relevance of the civil rights
movement as well as contemporary issues regarding race, social justice and
diversity.

“This celebration is an opportunity to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King,” said Catherine Crosby, Executive Director of the Human Relations Council. “In light of recent events that have drawn the spotlight on current race relations in our nation, the Youth World House Party allows us to celebrate diversity and the talents we all bring to the greater Dayton community. We hope this afternoon of activities inspire our local youth to take action and create positive change in their communities.”
Participants will have the opportunity to create original signs to be used during the MLK Memorial March and Rally to occur on Monday, January 19, at 10 a.m. in downtown Dayton.

The name of the event is inspired by a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a large house, a great world house in which we have to live together–black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hindu–a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.”

For more information, call the Human Relations Council at 937-333-1413.

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