WJCS Celebrations of Martin Luther King Day 2019
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King Jr. asked an audience in Montgomery, Alabama in 1957. To affirm Dr. King's commitment to social action, WJCS partnered with JCC of Mid-Westchester, Westchester Reform Temple, and UJA Federation of New York, and hosted a highly successful event in which 160 volunteers came together and packed hundreds of food bags for individuals in WJCS programs throughout Westchester. Volunteers also wrote inspiring messages of hope and encouragement. We, at WJCS, support Dr. King's vision of an America in which "no parent has to skip a meal so that their children may eat."
Participants in the WJCS Community Programs/Skills Training program came together at the Taft Community Center in White Plains, NY and enjoyed Martin Luther King-themed puzzles, arts & crafts, and videos about his life. They discussed his famous speeches, shared opinions, talked about their dreams and overcoming fears, and reflected on Dr. King's message of togetherness and hope.
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the WJCS Undoing Racism Committee hosted their annual commemoration, which featured a thought-provoking presentation focused on racism and its impact on the legal system in the U.S. CEO Seth Diamond introduced the program by emphasizing how important it is to fight racism in our personal lives and as an agency. June McKenley, a staff member at the Trager Lemp Center for Treating Trauma and Promoting Resilience, shared some of the vital topics tackled at Lunch & Learn programs, held throughout the year by the Undoing Racism Committee, in an effort to have heartfelt discussions about racism. Keynote speaker, MaryPat Long, Region Chief of Northern Westchester, Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, gave striking examples and insights, showing how racism affects legal policies and procedures. WJCS staffer Ayanna Green closed the program by encouraging everyone in attendance to find and strengthen our voices to fight racism. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”