Teen MLK Poetry Workshop in Sunrise

Martin Luther King Jr

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has left a long legacy for the generations to follow. But, perhaps overlooked under the iconic marches and landmark legislations, is Dr. King’s legacy as a scribe – how he used words to both conjure understanding, empathy and justice.

The upcoming “Write Your Dream” poetry workshop for teens seeks to continue this legacy for the next generation, just in time for the MLK Day celebrations in the City of Sunrise. The fun, free, all-day session is set for Monday, January 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Sunrise Civic Center. Students age 13 to 19 are invited to participate in the creative and intensive writing workshop that integrates the literary arts and civic responsibility. There is no cost to participate, but pre-registration by tomorrow, January 13, is required. Visit www.sunrisefl.gov/mlk for a registration packet or call (954) 747-4662.

The workshop also includes a community screening of Ava DuVernay’s award-winning 2014 film, “Selma,” starting 1 p.m. at the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre. The film tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. King, along with his brothers and sisters in the civil rights movement, prompted change that forever altered history. “Selma” is rated PG-13. Seating is limited: Four free general admission tickets per family are available for pickup in advance. Call (954) 747-4646.

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