Press Release: MLK Candlelight Vigil for Peace & Justice

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On Sunday, January 18, 2015, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, All Saints Episcopal Church Pasadena, and the Peace & Justice Academy, will host a Candlelight Vigil for Peace & Justice. The vigil is open to all who wish to participate and will begin at 6:30 p.m. outside All Saints Church, at 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101.

As we continue to grapple as a nation with racial injustice, poverty, and violence in our communities, we remember that Dr. King stood against injustice in all its forms and sought to build the beloved community through nonviolent resistance. Remembering Martin Luther King’s words, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that,” All Saints and the Peace & Justice Academy hope to send a message of justice and reconciliation through loving action.

After a candle lighting ceremony, participants will walk south along Euclid Avenue holding candles and signs heralding peace. They will travel to Union Street and then West to City Hall, where they will pause for prayer and words of inspiration from All Saints Rector, the Rev. Ed Bacon, and a student from The Peace and Justice Academy. The Peace and Justice Academy, located in Pasadena, is a grade 6-12 school that incorporates life lessons in social justice into its core curriculum.

Immediately prior to the Vigil, All Saints will hold a special service of prayer, meditation and music. The musical selections will include a rendition of “We Shall Overcome,” the signature song of the Civil Right’s Movement. This service, known as Jazz Vespers, will feature Jazz pianist, Grammy Award-winning arranger and composer-in-residence Bill Cunliffe and will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

For information contact:
The Rev. Francisco Garcia, All Saints Church
626.246.4513

Dr. Claudia Shields, the Peace & Justice Academy
626.393.0446

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