#MLK4Humanity Monday, January 15, 2017! 11:00am Can you remember a day in 2017 when you did not hear something negative in the news? Can you remember a week when our country was not being threatened with war or inequity? Can you recall a month when you heart wasn't plagued with the homelessness rates in Seattle, or with the hurt that you felt for a family who lost a loved one in a senseless shooting or in a police shooting? Can you remember the last time you felt a sense of hope for our country? Or for this world? Well, here at Hotel Humanity, we know that Dr. King was all about treating people with humanity. We also believe that we all need to be able to find the silver lining in these dark times, and we want to be the ones to bring sunshine to our fellow brothers and sisters in the community! We will be bringing hot chocolate, doughnuts, a smile, a positive message, and love to the community, and we want YOU to join us! We will have volunteers lining Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., and delivering messaging that will lift our community up, and represent Dr. King's dream. We will deliver the following messages to the community: "You are beautiful!" "You are loved!" "You are valuable" "Your life matters!" "You are important!" "You are worthy!" "Black & Brown are beautiful!" "You are valued" "I see you!" At the stop lights, we will share some facts about MLK Jr. Ways/Blvds. across the nation. The intent will be to inspire people to work together to keep MLK Jr. Ways/Blvds. in a state that represents Dr. King's dream. Derek Alderman, the Head of the Geography Department at the University of Tennessee found that: "King Streets tend to have high levels of poverty, inequality and racial segregation when compared to their respective cities and regional and national partners." Limited census-related research suggests that the majority of these streets have lower incomes and higher inequalities and levels of racial segregation than city-wide and national norms. According to researchers at the University of North Texas, "residents in neighborhoods with streets named after King are $6,000 poorer than residents in neighborhoods without one." "As a direct result of racial misrepresentation in public memory, King streets...signify Blackness, poor black people, and even dangerous neighborhoods whereby commemoration recalls not social achievements by African Americans, but a socioeconomic decay of Black neighborhoods."-Guillermo G. Caliendo, Colorlines "To name any street for King is to invite an accounting of how the street's make good on King's promise or mocks it."-Jonathon Tilove Hotel Humanity's purpose on this day, is to challenge these quotes, and the historic value placed on MLK Jr. Ways/Blvds. We want to be agents of change in our communities, and we want to challenge our fellow brothers and sisters to think about the things that MLK valued on MLK Day. *We are challenging the narrative about MLK Jr. Blvds/Ways across the nation! Join us to bring love, light, and joy to the community in a time of great heaviness and hopelessness. Lets meet under the overpass that connects from Franklin High School to MLK Jr. Way S. Materials will be distributed there! If you would like an official #MLK4Humanity T-shirt or hat, let us know & we'll get them ordered in time!