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Arcata celebrates MLK day in style

ARCATA - Over 1,200 corn muffins were baked for over 700 people who gathered Monday evening to support Arcata Arts Programs and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in the 15th annual Bowl of Beans.

"The intention is, to serve a simple meal, beans and rice, salad, cornbread. Just to celebrate the simplicity of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's message to us," said Arcata Elementary principle, Julie Bair.

"Just to have that idea about what the event is about; bringing everybody together to share a simple meal, that kind of supports the idea that Martin Luther King sponsored and supported," said Arcata Elementary teacher, Sue Wartburg.

Supporters of all ages filled the Arcata Community Center to not only eat dinner but to see master storyteller, Baba Jamal Koram and view "I have a dream" art by local students. The event was accompanied with music from various choirs and the band Asha Nan. Fundraisers at the event included M.L.K. t-shirts, handmade bowls, raffles and silent auctions. All the proceeds benefit Arcata Recreation's City Arts and Arcata Elementary Arts Program. 

"Oh I think it's important, because it's not just related to school. It's related to their lives and to show the spirit that our community has and the interconnectedness of our community is also important for them to participate in this type of event," said, Bair.

News channel 3 is a proud sponsor of this event, along with the Arcata Recreation Division and Arcata Elementary School. Volunteers helping out were from the California Conservation Corps, Americorps, the Student Teacher Association and of course, parents.