Culver City Students to Read ‘Dream’ Essays at King Day Celebration

Malik Johnson, Peri Reynaldo and Barbara Gambon’s entries were chosen from over 90 student essays. They’ll read their works at the city’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Sunday at the Senior Center.

 This Sunday marks Culver City’s 7th annual Martin Luther King Day celebrations. The free, all-day event will take place at the with panel discussions, exhibitions and music performances to honor the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

At 4:15 p.m., three Culver City students will read their essays entitled "Have We Reached the Dream?" Malik Johnson of , Peri Reynaldo of and Barbara Gamboa of entered the competition along with over 90 other students from the Culver City Unified School District.

A committee of teachers then narrowed down the competition to 19 semi-finalists, who read their essays at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Based on clarity of the message, speaking voice and word enunciation, a jury rated Malik, Peri and Barbara as the three top essayists who will have the honor of re-reading their essays on Sunday.

Other highlights of the day will include a reading of the award-winning play The Dreamers, a panel discussion that will include Mayor Micheal O’Leary, an interactive poetry reading, musical performances and an art exhibit from the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum.

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