Thursday, January 13, 2011

Waddie Welcome

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. day this upcoming Monday, Life Works is hosting a community event at their new location on Adam's ave in Normal Heights. It's a southern style party so bring a dessert to share! From the Waddie Welcome website here is some background on the topic...

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Born on the 4th of July, 1914 in Savannah, GA with a disability and placed in a nursing home far from his community, Waddie Welcome was an unlikely public figure. His deep desire for freedom drew many friends into his life in ways that not only liberated him from institutionalization but realized Dr King’s vision of the Beloved Community.

WADDIE WELCOME & THE BELOVED COMMUNITY tells the story of friendships that transcended divisions of disability, race, and income & created powerful new possibilities in a whole community. Reflecting on the story of Mr Welcome & his friends is an ideal part of the celebration of Martin Luther King day.

MLK Day World Wide Reading

Last year, Anne Mitchell & her friends discovered that the book that Tom Kohler & Susan Earl have written, which can be read in about 45 minutes, forms the foundation for a World Cafe Conversation, a powerful way for groups to have a conversation that matters about the meaning this story carries. Anne & Tom have joined with Inclusion Press to make it possible for you to host your friends, family, neighbors, association members, congregation members, book club members, classmates, & fellow citizens to read WADDIE WELCOME & THE BELOVED COMMUNITY and have a World Cafe Conversation about its meaning for you.

So, make your mama proud and come meet your neighbors!

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