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Community Harmony

WE CELEBRATE: Proactively building community and promoting the value and strengths of cultural diversity

The results of the 2000 Census data earned Long Beach the title of "the most diverse city in the Nation." We celebrate diversity, our strength.

The Human Dignity Program focuses on Community Harmony via community forums, art competitions and cultural diversity celebrations, including:

  • Cultural Diversity Month (October)
  • Peace Week (January)
  • The Unity Festival (May)
  • The ArtPEACE campaign (October 1 - May 30)
  • Human Dignity Program Community Harmony Awards / Hero Recognition
  • The National Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January)
  • A Season for Nonviolence, Long Beach Commemoration (January 30-April 4)

The Human Dignity Program celebrates successes and recognizes individuals and organizations that promote the strengths of cultural diversity. Diversity is Our Strength!

Peacemaker Awards

The City of Long Beach Martin Luther King, Jr. Peacemaker Awards

The City of Long Beach is proud to recognize its first group of Peacemaker Award winners. These outstanding individuals have a history of volunteer and community work in areas of peace-making, nonviolence, and community building. The Peacemaker Award acknowledges the spirit in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. demonstrated compassionate, non-violent strategies toward peace and community building, ideals we value in the City of Long Beach. The Peacemaker Award is sponsored by Councilman Dee Andrews, District 6, The City of Long Beach Human Dignity Program, and The City of Long Beach Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Task Force.

About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a vital figure of the modern era. The movements and marches he led motivated significant changes to the fabric of American life through his courage and selfless devotion. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in this nation and around the world.

Dr. King's words and actions celebrated human worth, inspired hope and provided a sense of dignity among all. His philosophy of nonviolent direct action, and his strategies for rational and non-destructive social change, sparked the conscience of this nation and reordered its priorities. His wisdom, his words, his actions, his commitment, and his dream for a new way of life are intertwined with the American experience.

Six Steps for Nonviolence Social Change, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Step One: Information Gathering

Step Two: Education

Step Three: Personal Commitment

Step Four: Negotiations

Step Five: Direct Action

Step Six: Reconciliation

Derived from the essay "Letter from Birmingham Jail" in Why We Can't Wait, New York: Penguin Books, 1963. Found at www.thekingcenter.org

The Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change are based on Dr. King's nonviolent campaigns and teachings which emphasize love in action. Dr. King's philosophy of nonviolence works hand in hand with these steps for social and interpersonal change.

Six Principles of Nonviolence, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.

2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.

3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.

4. Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.

5. Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.

6. Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.

Derived from "Pilgrimage to Nonviolence" in Dr. King's book Stride Toward Freedom, Harper & Row, 1958. Found at http://www.thekingcenter.org/

Sister Cities of Long Beach

Sister Cities of Long Beach, Inc. is an affiliate of Sister Cities International that represents more than 3,523 cities, counties, states and partners in 137 countries worldwide. As a non-profit organization Sister Cities serve individuals and organizations at all levels of society in citizen diplomacy; cultural and educational exchange; and business and economic development fostering relationships that will lessen the chance of future world conflicts, increase business development between countries and provide an educational conduit between through people-to-people exchanges.

Sister Cities of Long Beach, Inc. is coordinated through a volunteer Board of Trustees that oversees eight Sister Cities in Long Beach: Mombasa, Kenya; Yokkaichi, Japan; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Qingdao, China; Bacolod, Philippines; Sochi, Russia Manta, Ecuador; Izmir, Turkey. For more information on the Sister Cities of Long Beach, Inc. programs please visit their web-site at sistercitiesoflongbeach.org.

For more information contact:

(562) 570-6948
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