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'Be heard' - celebrating Dr. King at Balboa Park

Various celebrations at Balboa Park honored the life and legacy of Dr. King.

SAN DIEGO — San Diegans came together to celebrate the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

From noon until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, many attended the WorldBeat Center's family-friendly event honoring Dr. King. The free event was at Balboa Park:

Mary Lennox shared her poem with News 8. She met Dr. King when he spoke in Chicago. 

We Are One

In the beginning

Life began in oneness

There were no continents

Nations, cultures, languages

No governments,

No boundaries nor borders

Over time

Some have devised ways to separate and divide

By race, gender, nations, customs, religions, class,

Social roles, beliefs, and other categories

Forgetting that forests burning in the Amazon

Affect the quality of air in Chicago and elsewhere

It’s time to remember

We are one

Like those trees along the highway

In oneness with the light

Like bees finding nectar of flowers

While fostering new generations in every bite

Each depending on the other in a symbiotic relationship

Of oneness

Can ocean waves be separated from the sea

Or blue sky from itself even on a cloudy day?

I think not

We are one

Like the white and black keys of a piano

Each functioning as one in the creation of music

Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Florence Price

Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Teresa Teng, Makeba

Yo Yo Ma…

Share their unique sounds

In the oneness of music

Picasso saw the light of oneness in

As he painted African masks

Georgia O'keeffe and Ansel Adams saw the beauty

Of landscapes in oneness with nature

So, too, Monet and Debussy




We are one

That oneness is reflected in thought, word, and deed

That oneness lights my world and yours

We are one in Spirit

We are one global family of shared humanity

We are one as caretakers of the earth

We are one

Awakened by the omnipresent connection of

Love for each other

No matter what

Can’t you see?


People young and old gathered at the Balboa Parks Activity Center to have breakfast and listen to speakers on Monday morning for the All Peoples Celebration:

"For over 30 years, San Diegans have come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King," said Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego.

This year's theme was "Be heard. Be Counted. Belong."

"It starts right here," said Michael Brunker, the Vice President of Mission Advancement at the YMCA. "It starts with people with like minds and thoughts and hearts."

Some speakers included leaders of Alliance San Diego. Valerie Kaur, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project and civil rights activist, was the keynote speaker for Monday's sold out event. 

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