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Call for Collaboration: MLK Day Justice Journal

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Monday, January 18, 2021 (all day)

Accepting Submissions Now Through February 19th

Share your dreams and submit a page into a community journal in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Every year, Santa Cruz honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy with a community march through Downtown led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The MAH typically joins the march and hosts a bookmaking art activity that folks can use to write their dreams and plans for a just future.

This year, we invite you to share those dreams with the rest of Santa Cruz County by adding a page into a community journal. At the end of February, all the submissions will be compiled and pieced together. The completed journal will be displayed the week of March 1st, 2021 as a close to Black History Month and continuation of a Black future.

How to Get Involved

Create, write, draw, or paint your response to one of the following reflective prompts:

  • What changes would you like to see between now and the next Martin Luther King Jr Day?
  • If you could talk to Dr. King today, what would you say?
  • Imagine a world where BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) thrive. Describe it

You can write and draw your responses by hand or digitally. Written responses can be of any language. Submitted pages must fit within 10 x 10 inches. Per submission, please include a note with your name, address, email or phone number, and selected prompt.

Any disrespectful pages submitted will not be added to the community journal.

We Will be Collecting Pages:

By Mail

Attn: Helen Aldana

705 Front Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

By Email

In-Person at the MAH from 12 - 2pm:

  • Wednesday, January 20
  • Wednesday, January 27
  • Wednesday, February 3
  • Wednesday, February 10


An example of a written response to the prompts.

An artistic collage in response to the prompts.

A digital drawing in response to the propmpts.

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Cover Image: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)