Kenosha’s 27th annual Kindness Week celebration “asks participants to do some introspection as they explore paths to strengthening relationships with each and the community,” organizers said.
To that end, “Kindness Begins with Me” is the theme for the eight-day event.
Public activities are offered Jan. 13 through 21, said organizers with the Kenosha Coalition for Dismantling Racism.
The coalition works with “many partners in the community to put together the event each year.”
Among the events is the annual Community Unity Breakfast & Awards Recognition Ceremony, which is Saturday in the cafeteria of Indian Trail High School and Academy, 6800 60th St. The event is free and open to the public.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday has also become a part of Kindness Week.
The theme of that event is “Recapturing the ‘Dream’ to Make it a Reality” and will feature guest speaker Elizabeth Rosiles-Zavala, director of Hispanic Student Programing at Gateway. The event is also free and open to the public.
Kindness Week continues to be organized by the Coalition for Dismantling Racism, but it was the brainchild of the late Rev. Olen Arrington Jr., who launched the celebration in 1997 to commemorate the legacy of King.
The pastor of Kenosha’s Second Baptist Church, Arrington “lived and preached the wisdom of King” and was known to often quote the late civil rights leader, saying “We must all learn to live together as brothers (and sisters) or perish together as fools” and “The time is always right to do what is right.”
“The Annual Kindness Week is an opportunity in Kenosha to promote kindness and have these events serve as a reminder to us all to offer acts of kindness,” Yolanda Jackson-Lewis, Kindness Week Committee coordinator, said. “Members of the Coalition for Dismantling Racism are grateful for pastor Arrington for sharing his vision of kindness for a better Kenosha and for Adelene Greene, CFDR chairperson, who continues to keep that vision alive.”
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Kindness Wek events in the community
JAN. 13-20: Kindness Week Community Art Project & Art Show: A community art project exhibited at Kenosha Northside (1500 27th Ave.) and Southside (7979 38th Ave.) libraries.
JAN. 13-15: Kindness Services throughout the community: Area clergy members 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. 14: Community Unity Breakfast & Awards Recognition Ceremony: 8:30 a.m. at Indian Trail High School, 6800 60th St. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free public event.
SATURDAY, JAN. 14: Workshop on “It’s Our Duty: Being Just in Troubling Times”: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 919 60th St. Guest Speaker: the Rev. F. Willis Johnson, author of “Holding Up Your Corner.” Pre-register at www.firstumckenosha.org. The cost is $5 per person ($20 for five people) and includes lunch.
SATURDAY, JAN. 14: Peace Learning Circles Workshop: 1 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 1330 52nd St. Free public event.
SUNDAY, JAN. 15: Wisconsin Annual Conference of United Methodist Church: “The Injustice of “Just Us” Theology”: 4 to 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 919 60th St. (with live stream at www.firstumckenosha.org). Guest Speaker: the Rev. F. Willis Johnson, author of “Holding up Your Corner.”
JAN. 15-21: Kindness Week Community Quilt: Noon to 5 p.m. at the Civil War Museum's Resource Center, 5400 First Ave. Visitors are invited to come to the Civil War Museum and decorate a fabric square with markers to show how you practice kindness every day. Free public event.
MONDAY, JAN. 16: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: Noon at Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave. Free public event.
MONDAY, JAN. 16: “Moving Forward to Sustainable Change” Community Forum: 6 p.m. at Lincoln Middle School Auditorium, 6729 18th Ave. Eight organizations will assemble as a panel and share the work they do with inclusion, equality and equity. Free public event.
TUESDAY, JAN. 17: Kindness Week Luncheon: 11 a.m. at The Vault, 625 57th St. The Urban League of Racine and Kenosha invites the public to participate with food, fun and friends to start 2023. Cost: $25. Purchase tickets at: aplos.com/aws/events/kindness_week_luncheon.
TUESDAY, JAN. 17: National Day of Racial Healing: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave. The museum will be showing videos in the Kenosha Public Museum's Daimler Chrysler Hall. Free public event. Free public event.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18: Museum Munchkins — Kindness that Animals Show One Another: 9:30 a.m. at Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave. Museum Munchkins is "a fun and energetic program filled with songs, stories, and crafts designed to get toddlers and preschoolers excited about science and the world around them." Free public event.
THURSDAY, JAN. 19: Courageous Conversations — KUSD Students Speak Up and Speak Out (The Coalition for Dismantling Racism): 5 p.m. at Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave. A student panel will address school violence and school safety using kindness. Free public event.
SATURDAY, JAN. 21: Concert with Moriyah and McCoo: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave. Featuring the musical talents of Lia Nicine McCoo and Keryn Moriyah. The concert will "celebrate acts of kindness and good cheer as they lead the audience in songs that celebrate the best of the human spirit." Free public event.