Migwe Kimemia, AFSC Economic Justice Program Director in Dayton, serves on a Welcome Dayton Panel at a January 2014 Community Service Forum celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The forum was held at Sinclair Community College in Dayton.Photo: AFSC / Kinyanjui Migwe
A January forum at a community college in Dayton celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy of peace while featuring a current initiative to promote community and economic justice for all.
Migwe Kimemia, who directs AFSC's Economic Justice Program in Dayton, was one of four panelists who spoke about the Welcome Dayton Plan.
'I think the forum was a great opportunity for the Welcome Dayton Committee to deepen Dr. King’s dream for a 'Beloved Community' that is diverse and inclusive in Dayton as well as in this country," Migwe said. "In my view, the Welcome Dayton Committee will need to collaborate more with colleges and congregations in order to build a culture of hospitality towards immigrants in this city."
Dr. Bolkai Twe, forum organizer and chair of Psychology/Africana Studies at Sinclair Community college, said, "I believe the students got a great opportunity to connect the Welcome Dayton initiative with Dr. King’s legacy of international peace and the 'beloved” community.' They were able to see the faces and hear the voices of those who are promoting this initiative."
Migwe Kimemia was joined on the panel by Amaha Sellassie, Dayton Human Relations Council Board member; Ismail Gula, Welcome Dayton Committee member; and Ms. Melissa Bertolo, the Welcome Dayton Coordinator.
"The relationship-building exercise led by Amaha Sellassie at the end had an impact on the students' perspective on community," Dr. Twe said. "This made the Welcome Dayton initiative more understandable for Sinclair students."