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We focus our work in three key areas, because nurturing the potential of kids, helping people live healthier, and supporting our neighbors are fundamental to strengthening communities.
To all who attended the 28th Annual YMCA of San Diego County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award Breakfast
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Human Dignity Award is given each year to a person who most exemplifies the work and character of its namesake Dr. King. Throughout history, we know that Dr. King will be forever attached to the civil rights movement, but those who study the life and legacy of this American icon know that he was much more.
On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor Dr. King. In January 1986, as our nation officially observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the first time, the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA hosted our first YMCA of San Diego County breakfast.
January 17, 2000 was the first time Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially observed in all fifty US states. In 2011, a memorial honoring Dr. King was completed and dedicated in October at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The official address of the monument, 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W., commemorates the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.
The YMCA celebrates a long connection with Dr. King’s life. During the civil rights movement, meetings were held at YMCA’s.
"Living the Dream" Pledge
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and work, I pledge to do
everything that I can to make America and the world a place where
equality and justice, and freedom and peace, will grow and flourish.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I commit myself to Living the Dream by loving, not hating, showing understanding, not anger, making peace, not war, and helping freedom exist for all people everywhere in the world.
Volunteer at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA or learn more about how you can serve others where you live, work or pray.
2013 MLK Breakfast!
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2013 event highlights
2013 Guest Speaker
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., pastor emeritus at Cleveland's Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, and member of the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and
Neighborhood Partnerships. He worked closely with both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Martin Luther King, Sr. and continues to be active for social justice.
Youth Poetry & Art Contest WinnersEach
year the Annual Youth Poetry, Art, and Essay Contest, open to all San Diego area students, is sponsored by
Well Fargo. Entries arrive from all over San Diego County, displaying
enormous amounts of creativity and enthusiasm. Evaluated by the criteria
of originality, relevance to theme, and presentation, two winners are
chosen in each age division.
High School Division
- 1st: Jackeline Recinos
Kearny High, 9th grade
- 2nd: Jose Ventura
Mark Twain High, 12th grade
Grade 6-8 Division
- 1st: Mariah Martinez
Audubon K-8, 8th grade
- 2nd: Aimee Hermogino
Challenger Middle School, 8th grade
Grade 3-4 Division
- 1st: Tahneyah Reese
Academy of Excellence/Fountain of Life Church, 3rd Grade
- 2nd: Salvatore Sardina
Rodriquez Elementary, 4th Grade
Grade K-2 Division
- 1st: Olivia Toledo
Ericson Elementary, 1st Grade
- 2nd: Malani Santos
Academy of Excellence/Fountain of Life Church, 1st Grade