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MLK Jr./Equality Day hosts march, service opportunities, speeches

Marchers pass Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church on Center Street in Casper, during the observance of Martin Luther King Jr./Wyoming Equality Day. (Trevor T. Trujillo)

CASPER, Wyo. —  On January 20, 2020, ServeWyoming will be hosting a day of service and remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Wyoming Equality Day, to honor Dr. King’s legacy.
“On Monday, we will answer Dr. King’s call to serve and make a difference in the lives of Natrona County residents,” said Shelly McAlpin, Executive Director of ServeWyoming. “It is a resourceful way to meet local needs; volunteer service is a powerful tool that unites us around a common purpose and builds strong communities. We are putting the core American principles of citizenship and service into action.”

The “day on-not off,” will begin with the “realizing the equality state” student postcard display at Art 321 , which is also the new starting point for the march at 11:00.

Leah Reeb, granddaughter of civil rights supporter James Reeb, a white Unitarian minister and Casper native, who was murdered in Selma, Alabama, will begin the march with speech.

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The march will end at First United Methodist Church (302 East 2nd St.) where a ceremony and service project will follow.

Participants who do not want to or are unable to walk, may ride the C.A.T.C. bus in the march or are welcome to come directly to the church.

The Ceremony will feature special guest speaker, Rev. Dee Lundberg who will share an uplifting words about the beloved community and working together. In March of 2008, Dee was called as the settled pastor at the United Church of Christ in Casper, Wyoming where she has actively worked for social justice in the community.

She has organized, participated in, and encouraged her congregation to take part in actions for same-sex marriage, immigration, anti-bullying, suicide prevention, and so many more social justice and human rights causes. 

The Ceremony will also include a proclamation by the Mayor of Casper, music provided by John May, and additional message of hope and equality. Immediately following the ceremony,

Participants are invited to lunch (free-will offering) and service projects benefiting those experiencing homelessness at Wyoming Food for Thought from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church. To contribute to the projects, please bring any amount of dog food or hygiene products to assemble and hand out at the Point in Time Count/Project Homeless Connect event on January 24, 2020.

The celebration has been made possible with support from ServeWyoming, the Casper NAACP, First United Methodist Church, AmeriCorps, The Corporation for National and Community Service, United Church of Christ, The Bourgeois Pig, Art 321, Park Elementary, Wyoming Food for Thought Project, Casper College, the City of Casper, and many volunteers.

ServeWyoming is a statewide, charitable nonprofit based in Casper, Wyoming.

This story was originally published Jan. 16, 2020