Communicating with others about your experiences is important for you, and for others to hear!
Sometimes expressing experience in music is a good way to keep personal and group history alive:
A freylekhn purim! Happy #Purim! Enjoy New York native, Yiddish activist, and artist Sue Ehrlich sing “Hop! Mayne Homentashn,” a Yiddish Purim folk song about preparing hamantaschen. pic.twitter.com/zl3cAcqSDH
The famous speech “I have a dream” is what many remember the Baptist preacher Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for, but there is more to his legacy. The activist led the civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until he was assassinated in 1968. MLK was greatly responsible for the passing of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act for African Americans, both in the mid-1960s. We now celebrate his life and achievements every third week in January, just days after his actual birthday, January 15.
Today we would like you to remember and celebrate what he has done to pave the way for our future and rights. It’s not just a day off from school or work.
You can celebrate with different events today in Lancaster. United Way is encouraging you to engage with the community in acts of service (link below). The YWCA Lancaster is hosting many for children 3-12 (link below). BOTH FREE to the public. Just remember you don’t need a holiday to get out and help your community.
Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, a non-religious holiday in African-American culture. While it may not be widely formally celebrated, many people celebrate at least some aspects of Kwanzaa.
The seven principles of Kwanzaa emphasize values of community building, mutual support, and progress. Their names are expressed in Swahili: unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia), collective responsibility (ujima), cooperative economics (ujamaa), purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba) and faith (imani).
(Click image to go to the official Kwanzaa website)
Words from New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood:
Tonight on this first night of #Hanukkah, let us remember what we are celebrating: that our freedom is miraculous. That we must guard it and tend the flame. That our ancestors were once the targets of persecution and discrimination. That we cannot allow it in our own time.