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NAACP MLK Day Celebration

January 15 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Please join the Santa Fe NAACP for the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration at the New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda,  Monday, January 15, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.
All are invited!

What: Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commemoration

* Traditional African Call of the Drums

* Community Service Awards to four Santa Fe high school students:

Malaya Peixinho, Ashley Valdez, Jonathan Najman, Christina Cornish

* Keynote speech by Dr. M’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

When: Monday, January 15, 2018          12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. 

Where: Rotunda of the New Mexico State Capitol – Santa Fe


Who: Everyone is invited – This annual event is free and open to the public

Our keynote speaker is Dr. M’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz. She will address this year’s topic, KING: HIS VOICE, HIS TEACHINGS, HIS LOVE FOR HUMANITY. “Dr. Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D., is an oral historian, multicultural educator and creative leader. In 2017, Dr. Tho-Biaz was honored by the Santa Fe New Mexican as “10 Who Made a Difference,” and her cultural work practice was featured by the Rockefeller Foundation and THE Magazine.

She will speak on how King’s voice, teachings and love have shaped her life, and how it continues to impact how she works as an oral historian and educator, “dedicated to celebrating, elevating, honoring and co-creating a morally and socially just future.” Dr. Tho-Biaz says she actively wonders “ what conversations Dr. King would be having as an elder alongside the Movement for Black Lives; where/if his presence would be felt in Flint, Michigan and Standing Rock.” When asked about her approach to people, Dr. Tho-Biaz says “I choose to witness, center, and celebrate folks holistically.” Her philosophy is exemplified in the work Dr. Tho-Biaz does with youth and with people from a wide range of age, cultural, gender, and spiritual backgrounds.

The student awardees for community and social action are Malaya Peixinho, Ashley Valdez, Jonathan Najman, and Christina Cornish. They are performing exemplary service in our community, including working with underrepresented populations and with elementary students, working on blood drives, creating a performance based on monologues written by Palestinian children, and participating in the protests at Standing Rock. This year, the program promises to be one of the most outstanding ever.

Attendees will leave encouraged, enlightened, uplifted, and inspired to act in support of their community.

Sponsors:   Santa Fe Branch NAACP, New Mexico Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission, and Santa Fe Public Schools

Contact:      Dr. Doris Fields, Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee Chair-Santa Fe NAACP

Email: dorisapoet@gmail.com     Phone: (505) 867-5340



January 15
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


NAACP Santa Fe Branch


New Mexico State Capitol
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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