Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of SB, Essay and Poetry Contest Winners Featured

By Giving List Staff   |   February 12, 2021

The winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of SB, Essay and Poetry Contest will be featured throughout February and into March. The poems were recorded for air on KCSB 91.9 FM and will be aired at 5 pm Tuesdays and Fridays for the next several weeks. Because KCSB FM is operating on automation (due to COVID), the timing could be off as much as 5-6 minutes on either side of the hour, meaning that day’s poem will air sometime between 4:55 pm and 5:05 pm (so keep listening!). Tonight’s poem will air again at the end of this schedule. Listen at 91.9 FM and 

The Schedule: 

2/9 – Ravi P

2/12 – Zoe R

2/16 – Kundai C

2/19 – Elena B

2/23 – Angel H

2/26 – Sarah D

3/2 – Sam K

3/5 – Ravi P

These poems will also air on KCSB 91.9 FM at other times through the months of February and March. KCSB listeners will appreciate listening to the powerful words and voices. Thank you to Toni and E Onja at the MLK Jr. SB Committee, and KCSB production director Sherry Zeng and program director Zeena Omar for making this project possible.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 259-5782
E. Onja Brown Lawson


The mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara is to foster positive relationships between the many diverse groups in the Santa Barbara Community and the surrounding areas; to sponsor programs and events which exemplify the teachings of Dr. King; and to observe, and celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

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‘Love, Respect, Equity’

“The Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara takes responsibility for creating an awareness to the struggles for racial and social equality. As a founding board member, I can think of no other time in our history when the mission and work of MLKSB is as relevant and needed. By funding MLKSB you are making it possible for our children and community members to participate in programs which promote the mission of love, respect, equity, social responsibility, peace, and nonviolence.”
– JoAnne Mead Young

A Lot with A Little

The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara is entirely volunteer-run. This means that Committee President E. onja Brown Lawson and her colleagues manage the production of major community events and ongoing programming alone – without any staff.
In the near and long term, the committee has needs. Come January of 2021 and beyond, it will need technical assistance to pull off remote and in-person programming – or combinations thereof.
But long term, Brown Lawson says, the committee needs and deserves a dedicated executive director and ongoing support. In a time when our communities need moral leadership more than ever before, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara is a sound, righteous investment.

Board of Directors

E. onja Brown, President
Isaac Garrett, Vice President
Anita Blume, Treasurer
John Douglas, Interim Secretary
Chris Hudley
Sojourner Kincaid Rolle
Betsy Shelby
Juliet Velarde Betita

Advisory Board

Dr. Jacques Charles
Christine “Chrissy” Gilbert
Beverly King
Toni Schultheis
Lillian Pipersburg
Linda Tyler Ryles
Michael Silverander, Emeritus
Annell & Dr. Earl Stewart
Guy Walker
Niki Sandoval