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January 17, 2014

An advocate for racial and social justice

The Rev. Oliver Jones to receive Peace award at MLK dinner

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“He has a wonderful way of advocating for racial and economical justice, through his preaching and through his other service ministries that he takes part in,” Hubbard said. “Ollie often volunteers as a cook or a server at our Among Friends meals that we offer to the community every week and he is also in the process of providing other assistance to the people that come in for those meals.”

Hubbard said that, to her, racial and social justice are about all people having enough and that Jones has a particular knack for communicating that.

“We live in a fairly homogenous town,” Hubbard said. “We have some racial diversity but not a lot. And Ollie is particularly good at delivering the message that, just because we don’t have a lot of racial diversity doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be involved in racial justice issues and trying to have a positive impact on racial and economic inequality. Often, those of us who have enough, or more than enough, can turn a blind eye to the needs of the people in our midst.”

IF YOU GO What: "Martin Luther King Jr., a Celebratory Evening" When: Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Where: Newburyport City Hall, Pleasant St., Newburyport How: $25 for adults; $20 for seniors. Tickets to the dinner can be purchased at the YWCA's front desk. For more information, contact Ellie Davis at 978-225-6210 or e-mail her at edavis@ywcanewburyport.org. Students attend for free.

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