This Month in Human Rights
and Social Justice
|The upcoming events and dates below are opportunities for all of us to recognize and remember those who speak out and take action to alleviate discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for victims of
January 19 Salem: A City of Inclusion
A Forum with Mayor Driscoll and Reverend Amico
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, an open, educational, community forum will be held at Tabernacle Congregational Church, featuring Mayor Kimberly Driscoll and Reverend Joe Amico, Tabernacle's new minister.
ANY AND ALL are welcome to come with ideas on identifying prejudice, promoting tolerance, growing diversity and expanding inclusion throughout Salem and beyond! Panel Discussion with Q&A.
7:00 - 8:30 pm at Tabernacle Congregational Church
50 Washington St., Salem, MA
25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Celebration at Salem State University
Salem State University continues its tradition of celebrating the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a week-long celebration that begins with the observance of MLK Day on Monday, January 19 and ends on Monday, January 26 with its annual convocation. Events include a candlelight vigil, a day of service, and presentations.
The theme for this year's celebration, "Our Journey toward Justice," offers a reflective opportunity for the Salem State community and constituents to consider all that is occurring in our nation as it relates to justice. We will take a deeper look into what is happening in our communities and refer back to the teachings of Dr. King and others.
Dates to Remember
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
On December 31, 2014, Pre
sident Obama proclaimed January 2015 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Dedicated to raising awareness of this global tragedy, the observance began in 2007, when the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
Although this is a U.S. initiative, the United Nations has begun to highlight this topic and is working towards international awareness. The month's events will culminate with the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1. Learn more.
January 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
MLK Day is a chance to start the year off right by making a positive impact in your community. Now accepted as an important day of remembrance, this holiday was slow to achieve national recognition.
Four days after Dr. King's assassination, April 8, 1968,
Congressman John Conyers introduced the first legislation for a Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday (see timeline
). In August 1994, President Clinton signed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday and Service Act, expanding the mission of the holiday as a day of community service, interracial cooperation and youth anti-violence initiatives. Learn more about The MLK Day of Service.
January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day
The U.N. General Assembly designated January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The U.N. urges everyone to honor the victims of the Nazi era and develop educational programs to prevent future genocides.
This year's theme, "Liberty, Life and the Legacy of the Holocaust Survivors," will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the founding of the United Nations. Reflecting how deeply the U.N. was shaped by the experience of the Holocaust, the principle of human rights for all was enshrined in both the U.N. Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year also marks the tenth anniversary of the Holocaust and the U.N. Outreach Program.
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