To the Editor:
The Northfield Human Rights Commission is making preparations for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration, which will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2013, at Emmaus Baptist Church. The community is invited to attend.
The Theme of the evening is The Dream Continues. Caroline Nguyen Ticarro-Parker, speaker for the event, will be keying off this theme –“I have a dream. My dream is for the children in Vietnam to enjoy the same dream my 2 daughters live: ‘to live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Caroline, a Northfield resident, is the founder of Catalyst an organization which works to reduce poverty amongst Vietnamese children and minimize the risk of human trafficking and was the 2012 HRC Award recipient.
This year’s event is being hosted by Emmaus Baptist Church. Bruce King, St. Olaf College, will serve as Emcee. Other participants include: Arcadia School students, the Northfield Youth Choir Troubadours, Rob Ryden, Emmaus, and Mayor Dana Graham. The annual Human Rights Award will be presented to Judy Dirks, a longtime advocate of human rights in Northfield. Refreshments will be served.
Gail Noren, Secretary
Northfield Human Rights Commission