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kingHonoring the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.”

Excerpted from Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” Listen to his speech or read the text at:  http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

Dr. King embodied the hope of a more than just the African American community, but rather the belief of all Americans who believed in justice, in truth, in freedom. He spoke to our hearts and minds and gave voice to the pain and frustration but also the passion and faith that was the Civil Rights movement.  We pause on this day not just to remember the man, but everything that he stood for, that which was best about our country. Equality.

Please take the time to read, listen and reflect as we start this year anew and move forward to continue the work to make Dr. King’s dream a reality.

Thank You Volunteers!

Hallie Q Brown Volunteer Thank You

““The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
~ William Shakespeare

If you in any way volunteered to help the mission of Hallie Q Brown Community Center in 2017 we want to express our gratitude to you.  Without you we would be unable to serve our community and do the work we do for each other.

Regardless if you worked in the Food Shelf, Clothing Closet, Youth Program, Basic Needs Programs, Holiday Baskets, Front Desk, Painting Project, School Supply Drive, worked an event or many many other important jobs we say THANK YOU!

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers for our food shelf, clothing closet and for our upcoming events (holiday baskets and toys for tots). I know that a lot of college kids will be off the month of January and we could use volunteers in January as well.  Click here to volunteer online now.

We are also in need of donations that include hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves.  Just drop them off at the Hallie Q Brown Community Center.
Voluteers Needed At Hallie Q Brown

Construction Zone! Capital Improvements Continue

IMG_3887 IMG_3787Visitors to our building in the coming weeks will notice a bit more commotion and noise in and around the space, with the end result being some fantastic improvements. Over the past year and a half construction has been going on to renovate parts of the Center including some of these recent updates to the Early Learning Center.  Our signature project, the kitchen in the canteen is proceeding apace; once completed, the space will be a fully functional commercial kitchen, usable not only for HQB educational programs but also for external events.  Alongside the structural improvements, new security cameras have been installed, and volunteers are tackling interior painting work. Please excuse any chaos you may encounter as we gear up for a new and improved space. We’ll share pictures as the work progresses.



Jonathan Palmer
Executive Director

P.S. I welcome your input and questions at jpalmer@hallieqbrown.org. In addition, Hallie Q. Brown is a 501©3 tax-exempt organization. Your contribution is tax deductible and very much appreciated in these challenging economic times. Thank you.

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