The theme for Justice Sunday 2014 in the Antelope Valley is “We Are United, One For ALL.”
The program will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, January 19, at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC), located at 750 West Lancaster Boulevard.
“The time is from 4 to 6, however the doors will be opening at 3, because we’ll have some community-based organizations and people sharing resources and information prior to the program starting,” said Naima Moore, Justice Sunday Committee Chairwoman.
The program will feature representation from the:
- District attorney’s office
- Public defender’s office
- Local Sheriff’s and Fire stations
- Probation department
- National parks services
- Cities of Lancaster and Palmdale
- NAACP and other community organizations
- Local school districts
- Local churches
- National and local mentoring CARES programs
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Denise McLaughlin-Bennett will serve as the program’s master of ceremonies. The program will also include a video presentation featuring Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Moore said.
“Equally important, we’re going to have a number of our kids involved in Justice Sunday,” Moore said. “We’re going to have a panel discussion where the children will be able to ask questions referencing justice and their future.”
The event will also feature musical performances from local groups, Moore said. The event is free and open to the community. View a flyer for the local event here.
Justice Sunday is an annual event observed in cities across the country to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was founded by the National Alliance of Faith and Justice (NAFJ), a nonprofit association of criminal justice professionals and community leaders, whose mission is to promote the value of the inclusion of faith in addressing prevention, consequences and resolutions of crime with emphasis upon the most culpable and vulnerable issues and stakeholders.
Justice Sunday has been observed by millions since 2000 as a precursor to the Monday federal holiday observed as the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
For more information on Justice Sunday, visit www.nafj.org.