La Posada’s client menthor, Sister Therese Cunningham, SHSp, leads clients in singing “We Shall Overcome” during Martin Luther King Day.
On Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, La Posada staff, clients and volunteers honored Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by incorporating a morning lesson on his life and his accomplishments. Clients learned about the Civil Rights Movement and the many marches organized by Dr. King throughout the South and beyond.
Freedom was the theme discussed throughout.
“Freedom always comes with a cost,” said La Posada volunteer Anita Garcia.
The day’s lesson covered Dr. King’s legacy and how he risked everything and even gave his own life for civil rights.
This is a story that resonates with many at La Posada.
Our clients leave their home countries, risk their lives, and travel for months for a chance at the freedom to live their life in peace and with rights that respect the individual.
Reflecting on their journeys and Dr. King’s work, clients discussed the importance of participating in protecting this new found freedom and promoting it in the way they treat others.
After the discussion, Sister Therese Cunningham, SHSp, led the group in signing the song”We Shall Overcome.”
Clients also learned that Martin Luther King Day is also celebrated as a day of service. Volunteers Megan Retana from Bowdoin College, and social work student, Anita Garcia, from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley took part in this celebration by volunteering at La Posada for the day.
As we remember the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we want to thank each of you, our supporters, for keeping alive Dr. King’s spirit of social justice and compassion by supporting La Posada and its clients.Your continuing support toward those who need it most is walking proof of your greatness.
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La Posada Providencia, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence, is a ministry for people in crisis from around the world, who are seeking legal refuge in this country. The shelter staff provides a safe and welcoming home; mentors to promote self-sufficiency and cultural integration; and imparts values which witness God’s Providence in our world.