Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

An unsung hero of the civil rights movement

In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington to nearly a quarter million people. None of it would have been possible without the march’s chief organizer – a man named Bayard Rustin. Christina Greer details his life of advocacy as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, and the challenges he faced as an openly gay Black man.
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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Check out Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa’s, Roasted Tomato Basil Soup recipe. Perfect for a winter’s day.
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The Edge of Winter: A beautiful walk to North Sister

Crossing the edge of winter, the search for beauty follows Oregon’s lovely Soap Creek through the wilds, climbing to the base of North Sister.
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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” Speech

Learn about the political and social context behind Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech, the rhetorical devices that helped its concepts resonate, and its effect on the broader Civil Rights Movement.
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Upcoming Alexandria Library and Other Events

50th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program, Sunday, January 15, pm at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial

The City of Alexandria invites the community to join the 50th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Program on Sunday, January 15, 4 p.m. at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial (101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA). The event is hosted by Alexandria’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Planning Committee. Together, we will honor the life and legacy of Dr. King and celebrate 50 years of dedication and service.
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Duncan Book Group – “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Wednesday, January 18: 7:00pm – 8:00pm – James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library

The Duncan Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
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How to Make Paper Flowers / Como Hacer Flores de Papel – Thursday, January 19 at 10:30 am at St. Martin de Porres Senior Center

Senior Services of Alexandria is teaming up with the Alexandria Library and St. Martin de Porres Senior Center to bring a fun workshop to center participants and anyone else who would like to join! The paper flower workshop will be on Thursday, January 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Martin de Porres Senior Center, 4650 Taney Ave. Andrea Castillo and Patricia Amaya with the Alexandria Library will teach us different techniques to create paper flowers to bring more color into our lives! Instruction will be provided in both English and Spanish.
To register, call 703-836-4414 ext. 123 or email
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