Call to Action: A Celebration of the Work and Vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Join us for the second annual celebration of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr at VCA!
The afternoon will include presentations from Trish Dziko, co-founder and Executive Director of Technology Access Foundation and Karen Dhaliwal, Director of Development at the Freedom Project; and performances by Just Speak, a student group using spoken word as a vehicle to examine identity and social justice; local singer Alexandrea Davis; and Wes Brenner, musician and VHS graduate.
Our afternoon will be emcee’d by poet, performer and teaching artist, Daemond Arrindell.
Student art from Chautauqua Elementary School and The Harbor School inspired by Dr. King’s work will be featured in the lobby following the presentation along with food, conversation, and community.
Please join us for this inspirational event and make a commitment to furthering the work of the visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 20, Kay White Hall
Doors open at 3:30 pm | Presentation 4-5 pm
Food, Conversation, and Community 5-6:30 pm in the Lobby
Vashon Maury PTSA and Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship
Daemond Arrindell (Emcee)
Daemond Arrindell is a poet, performer, and teaching artist. After more than ten years working in social services, eight of them managing the King County Crisis Clinic’s teen hotline Teen Link, his passion for spoken word poetry took center stage. He is a faculty member of TAT Lab: the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab; Freehold Theatre – co-facilitating poetry and theater residencies at Monroe Correctional Complex for men for 12 years; Adjunct faculty at Seattle University; Writer-In-Residence through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools Program and Skagit River Poetry Foundation.
Trish Dziko (Keynote speaker)
Trish Dziko spent the first 15 years of her career working in the high-tech industry as a software developer, manager and consultant as well as a database designer in such industries as military weapons, business systems, communications, and medical equipment. She worked in large (Computer Sciences Corporation, Hughes Aircraft Company, Microsoft) and small (Fortune Systems, Telecalc) companies. No matter where she worked, she was always one of a handful (and sometimes the only one) of African Americans working in her department. Recognizing the emergence of the technology industry and the lack of access for people of color to become players in the industry, Trish left the field in 1996 and entered the nonprofit industry by starting TAF (Technology Access Foundation). Since then, Trish has led TAF into a leader in providing a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) underserved students in our public-school system. She also led TAF in creating the only public school (TAF Academy) in Washington State comanaged by a nonprofit and a school district.
Trish is considered a visionary and thought leader in the world of public education reform and providing STEM education to underserved students.
Alexandrea Davis (Performer)
Alexandrea Davis has been singing since she was 6 years old. A native of Rockford, Illinois Alexandrea moved to Seattle 7 years ago and has been having adventures ever since! She can be seen performing at Seattle Unity on the first Sunday of each month and at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center in Ballard. She’s Super Nerdy and, like George Takei, is Super Gay.
Students from Just Speak (Spoken Word)
Started in 2018, Just Speak is a student group facilitated by Daemond Arrindell using spoken word and poetry to examine identity and social justice.
Wes Brenner with Torin Frost (Performers)
Wes Brenner has been passionate about music for much of his life, playing guitar and piano since he was 14 and writing music for 10 years. Wes met Torin Frost in Seattle’s open mic circuit and together they formed the band Runes of Neptune. Wes and Torin love to spend their time creating new songs, making art and traveling the world whenever they get the opportunity!
Karen Dhaliwal (Speaker)
Karen Dhaliwal is the Director of Development at the Freedom Project, supporting healing connections and restorative communities both inside and outside prison. Karen is also an Ambassador at the Beautiful HEART Ministries which addresses the quality of life for formerly incarcerated women and girls by providing resources, educational tools, spiritual guidance, trauma counseling, workshops, and seminars to facilitate change, and restore healing. Karen has spent the past ten years connecting women and men to educational, apprenticeship, and basic needs resources as they transitioned out of incarceration. She is currently a Graduate Student at Western Washington University studying Adult Higher Education with an eye to working on ways to reduce the cycle of the School to Prison Pipeline.