Monday, January 16th, the New York Juvenile Justice Corps and Red Hook Community Justice Center Community Programs staff put on an event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day at the Red Hook Recreation Center (155 Bay Street) from 1:00-4:00. Inspired by Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, our event was entitled “We Have a Dream Too, A Dream of a Better Brooklyn.”
On Monday, we joined teen members of the Red Hook, Greenpoint, and Brownsville Youth Courts and Youth ECHO. The program consisted of workshops/discussion groups on issues such as discrimination, civil rights, police brutality and other injustices Dr. King fought to overcome which we are still confronted by today. Prior to the event, the teens prepared their own speeches and poems of their “dream for a better Brooklyn” – the change they hope to see in their community – which they shared aloud throughout the afternoon.
We had a blast making Monday a “day ON, not a day off.” Thank you to everyone that participated. So many of the stories were moving and powerful. Together, we will turn our dreams of a better Brooklyn into realities.