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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Jr. Day is a national holiday honoring the work of the late pastor and human rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr. King believed in a fair country, undivided by race and class, where each child had as much opportunity as the next. As a nation, much of our great civic progress can be attributed to King and his unwavering conviction and his willingness to fight for the rights of all people.In his famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” King states that though African American citizens had been freed from slavery years before, they still were not free. Great prejudice was abundant in the days King lived. Schools were segregated, African American adults and children were discriminated against, and poverty ran rampant in black communities.

Natasha Stewart presents a chart on how different people can react to the same situation. Stewart stated “The way we think can influence how we feel.”

Morris County Collaborative hosts “mental health” first aid class

A community mental health first aid class was held in Naples Jan. 11, sponsored by the Morris County Collaborative. Just as knowing CPR or bandaging procedures is important to first aid for your physical first aid, it is just as important to be able to administer first aid for those who may be in mental crisis. The class was lead by Vicky Coffee of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and Natasha Stewart, M.A., LPC, Director of the Center for Counseling and Behavioral Health. The eight hour class was held at the First United Methodist Church in Naples. Those who completed this class will receive their Mental Health First Aid certificate.The Mental Health First Aid Training and Research Program was first developed in 2001 by Betty Kitchener and Anthony Jorm in Australia. With today’s society and ever growing daily stressors, mental health and wellness is becoming more of a reality. It is no longer just being pushed under the rug. Yet, there is still a stigma that surrounds mental illness and wellness.

District Judge Saucier receives three endorsements

Three Texas-based politicians have shown their support and endorsed Incumbent District Judge Angela Hammond Saucier for re-election to the 76th Judicial District Court.Texas Governor Greg Abbott endorsed her, stating, “I am proud to endorse Judge Saucier for re-election to the 76th Judicial District Court, and I am certain she will continue to serve the people of her district with dignity,” said Governor Abbott. “Judge Saucier is committed to upholding the rule of law and maintaining a fair and honest approach in her work, and she has demonstrated a high regard for Constitutional principles.”

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