“Many Hands” Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2012

January 16, 2012, 4-8 pm

For nearly a decade, Union Project’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration has illustrated one of Dr. King’s most profound concepts, “That everyone, regardless of race, age and religious beliefs has unique gifts to share that contribute to a better community; a community where everyone feels valued, included and respected.” Known as the “Beloved Community,” this vision forms the foundation of Union Project’s mission: to build community by facilitating programming in our space. To this end, UP once again partnered with dozens of local agencies, artists, and people of faith to host Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration 2012. This year’s event, themed “Many Hands,” celebrates the thousands of people who held hands in peace marches across our nation during King’s life, the thousands of volunteers who have helped rebuild the former church in which UP resides today, and the participants invited to lend a hand in a community mosaic project during the event.

4-5 pm: Peace Parade
Parade begins at Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre (6000 Penn Ave.) and ends at Union Project (801 N. Negley Ave.)
This year, in honor of Dr. King’s peace marches, our event began with a Peace Parade at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater following their afternoon of performances and interactive activities and ending at Union Project. Led by the MGR Foundation and Steel City Hoop Union, Pittsburgh Agencies and neighborhood residents were invited to join in, create handmade streamers, puppets, and banners to wave proudly as a show of solidarity during the walk through East Liberty.
4-6 pm: Community Mosaic Project (Union Project Atrium)
Join the Peace Parade or head straight to Union Project to work with local artists from the Ceramics Cooperative at UP and residents of all ages to mosaic their hand prints on new tables for Cafe Ola Appetit at Union Project. Using handmade ceramic tiles and stained glass pieces, everyone could have a hand in beautifying table tops for our newest community space.
4-5:45 pm: Story Telling and a Book Giveaway (Union Project Board Room)
Youngsters and their families will enjoy storytelling and a book giveaway, all themed for this special day sponsored by Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Library.
5:45-6 pm: Dramatic Reading (Union Project Great Hall)
Neighbors gathered to listen to a selection of dramatic readings including Indira Ghandhi’s Letter to Coretta Scott King, performed by CAIR (Center for American Islamic Relations), CEED (Christian Evangelistic Economic Development), New Horizon Theater and Allegheny Center Alliance Drama Team.
6-8 pm Community Dinner (Union Project Great Hall)
The day culminated in a free community meal made possible by Ola Appetit Cafe, Royal Caribbean, and many hardworking parishioners from Rodman Street Baptist Church, Missionary Temple, Valley View Presbyterian Church, Open Door Church, Friendship Presbyterian Church, St. Andrews Church, CAIR(Center for American Islamic Relations), CEED (Christian Evangelistic Economic Development) and Allegheny Center Alliance. All were welcome to gather to share and enjoy food given and prepared by many hands.