In Recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020

Wendy Sims-Moten – elected to the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board in 2016 – was the keynote speaker at an inspirational event held this weekend at Santa Barbara City College in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous journey from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Wendy Sims-MotenThe event, organized by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara, honored the bravery of protesters who crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 in the face of police violence.  Sims-Moten spoke of the “uncommon courage” it takes to stand up to racism and heralded the “ordinary folks doing extraordinary things.”

“Folks, as we move into the next decade, it is a time when hatred, indifference, violence, and lack of humanity and utter disrespect is alive and running rampant,” Sims-Moten said. “When you start to speak the truth, you may lose some friends, you might have to change your friends, and you may take a political hit, but we know that’s OK.”

Read Noozhawk’s coverage of the event HERE.


SB Students Take Top Prizes in MLK Essay & Poetry Contest

Students throughout Santa Barbara County participated in the MLK Essay & Poetry Contest, jointly sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara (MLK SB) and ADL Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties. SBUSD students had a great showing.

Click HERE for the full list of winners.