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Peace makers honored

St. Augustine’s-in-the Woods Episcopal church will host the eighth annual Whidbey Island Martin Luther King, Jr. “Blessed be the Peace Makers” event at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.

St. Augustine’s is located at 5217 Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland. The service will be preceded by complimentary salads and beverages from noon to 12:45 p.m.

The singing of civil rights anthems and Afro-American spirituals will again be a highlight of the service. Karl Olsen, the Trinity Lutheran music minister, will lead the singing.

The featured speaker at this year’s event will be retired Benton-Franklin County Superior Court Judge Dennis Yule. Judge Yule is a member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission and continues to work on projects at the state and national level regarding juvenile justice reform, specifically disproportionate minority contacts in the juvenile justice system.

Through interactive readings the service will address the issue of mass incarceration. This mass incarceration has led to a situation referred to as the New Jim Crow, according to Dick Hall, representing the St. Augustine’s Episcopal Peace Fellowship.

Child care will be provided. Families and youths are encouraged to attend.

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