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Kindness Week kicks off Friday in Kenosha

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The 24th annual Kindness Week begins Friday in Kenosha with the theme “20/20 Vision: Focus on Kindness.”

Kindness Week begins with area congregations incorporating messages and life work of the late civil rights activist and humanitarian the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the weekend of religious services.

It culminates Jan. 25 with a first-person performance portrayal of Harriet Tubman at the city’s Civil War Museum.

Kindness Week was the brainchild of the late Kenosha community leader and activist Rev. Olen Arrington Jr. of Second Baptist Church and of the Coalition for Dismantling Racism. It has since become a Kenosha-area tradition timed with honoring the legacy of King.

“With it being 2020, we looked to incorporate that vision into our theme,” said Adelene Greene, a member of the committee organizing the event.

“It’s focusing in on kindness for more than just the week, obviously, because we want people to make a concerted effort that encourages courageous acts of kindness.”

Greene said it is the hope of the coalition and other organizations participating in the activities that kindness be a part of people’s daily lives.

“Our goal is not just to have kindness for one year. We really want people to key into kindness in 2020,” she said. “With so many things going on here and in the world, we need more kindness, humanity and looking out for our fellow human beings.”The complete schedule:

Friday-Sunday, Jan. 17-19

Kindness services in congregations throughout the community. Area clergy are encouraged to focus their services on the life and messages of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and/or the theme of Kindness Week.

Saturday, Jan. 18

What: Community Unity Breakfast

When: 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 8 a.m.

Where: Bradford High School, 3700 Washington Road.

Cost: $5 (10 and under free). Tickets available at the door.

Contact: Stacy Busby at sbusby@kusd.edu or 262-359-6172.

Monday, Jan. 20

What: 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

When: Noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.)

Guest Speaker: Katina Fuller-Scott—Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee.

Theme: “Hindsight is 20/20. Focus on the Future.”

Location: Gateway Technical College, Madrigrano Auditorium, 3320 30th Ave.

Contact: Jacqueline Morris at morrisj@gtc.edu or 262-564-3032.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

What: “Courageous Conversation” sponsored by the Coalition for Dismantling Racism

When: 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave.

Contact: Adelene Greene at buflowo@aol.com or 262-412-2098.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

No activities scheduled.

Thursday, Jan. 23

What: Urban League of Racine and Kenosha’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon.

Theme: “Unity — Because You Matter”

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Italian American Club, 2217 52nd St.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets available online at http://www.ULRK.org

Contact: James Hall at james.hall@ulrk.org or Sandra Williams at 262-287-2659.

What: Kindness Week screening of “Blindspotting.” Discussion will follow.

When: 12:30 p.m.

Where: Southwest Public Library, 7979 38th Ave.

Contact: Kristin Kornkven at kkornkven@mykpl.info or 262-564-6107.

What: Wisconsin Poor People’s Campaign — A National Call for Moral Revival

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St.

Speaker: Attorney Angela Cunningham on The Poor People’s Campaign started by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Contact: Yolanda Adams at yadams2013@gmail.com or 262-705-4734.

Friday, Jan. 24

What: Gateway Technical College Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

When: 8 a.m. to noon

Where: Kenosha, Racine and Elkhorn Gateway Technical College campuses.

Registration required. Visit: gtc.edu/givepulse

Contact: Madeline Carrera at carreram@gtc.edu or 262-564-3138.

What: Showing of “American Son” with a discussion to follow

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Bradford Community Church Unitarian Universalist Church, 5810 Eighth Ave. Popcorn and nonalcoholic drinks will be provided.

Contact: Gayle Clark Taylor at clarktaylorgayle@gmail.com.

Saturday, Jan. 25

What: Harriet Tubman portrayal by Pamela Welcome

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Kenosha Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave.

Contact: Doug Dammann at ddammann@kenosha.org or 262-653-4432.

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