One Los Alamos Celebrates MLK, Jr. With Diversity Week

Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. He was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Today marks Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, which is a federal holiday. Courtesy/

By Madhavi Garimella
On behalf of One Los Alamos

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” –Martin Luther King

Los Alamos is fortunate to be a town with people from a variety of backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion have played a very important role since the days of the Manhattan Project, which brought together some of the greatest minds and talent from around the world to Los Alamos to live and work side by side.

The week of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday has become our local Diversity Week to celebrate this melting pot that makes our town so unique.

One Los Alamos is a citizen group of Los Alamos County interested in promoting thoughtful, civil dialogue around our diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, and identities in order to champion shared values and interests that can strengthen our community.

Our hope has been that Diversity Week would send a message that we are stronger as a community and a nation when we unite and celebrate our differences. We hope to foster civil discourse, promote different perspectives and closer cooperation among the people of Los Alamos regardless of race, personal or political beliefs , identities and gender.

Traditionally we have celebrated the week with a celebration of various cuisines, literature, music, dances and films to promote our understanding of the differences among us.

This year, we will take the celebrations virtually and would like to share recipes as well as reading and watching material that we hope will promote understanding and acceptance of our differences.

We hope to make Los Alamos a model community full of love and acceptance of everyone, regardless of background.

We invite readers to watch out for an international recipe each day this week along with a list of books and movies in collaboration with the Los Alamos Public Library.

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Reading List:

Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not

 No One Should Have to Ignore Their Grief, Yet It’s Long Been Expected of People of Color

White Supremacy Culture Characteristics

The White Feminist Savior

Dismantling Racism and White Supremacy in Organizations: The Role of White Leaders and Change Agents

Decentering Whiteness

Aggressive Encounters and White Fragility: Deconstructing the Trope of the Angry Black Woman

Check Yo’ Stuff A Black Feminist Rant to ‘‘Allies’’ Seeking ‘‘Dialogue’’ in Precarious Times

Teachers Must Hold Themselves Accountable for Dismantling Oppression

White Women Drive Me Crazy

There’s Something Spreading Faster Than COVID-19, and It’s Not Fear. It’s Toxic Positivity

White Feminism is White Supremacy in Heels

Lamb Shank one pot meal. Courtesy/Suranjana Reema Basu

Diversity Week Daily Recipe:

Crockpot Lamb Shank Recipe/One Pot Meal

If you are looking for an easy but delicious crockpot dinner idea, then this crockpot lamb shank/one-pot meal is for you. It is a perfect weeknight meal you can make with little effort the morning of and you can even prep the night before. You can also play with adding different vegetables. This recipe can be enjoyed as a curry or you can also add rice and make it into a one-pot meal.

This recipe is by Suranjana Reema Basu. She is originally from India and moved to Los Alamos with her husband Ayan Biswas. They have a beautiful 2-year-old daughter, Aadhira. She works as the HR Director at Santa Clara Pueblo and in her free time, likes to cook, sing, travel, and meet new people.


Lamb Shanks: ​2

Spices: ​Salt (as per your taste), Black Pepper (1tsp), Paprika (1tsp) or as per your taste, Turmeric Powder (1tsp), Garlic Powder (1tbsp), Onion Powder (1tbsp), Cumin Powder (1tbsp), Coriander Powder (1tbsp).

Vegetables: ​

Onion (1), Garlic Cloves (5 to 6), Celery, Carrots, Potatoes and Tomatoes. ​

Braising Liquid: ​Vegetable broth.

How To Cook Lamb Shanks:

Marinate the shanks overnight with all the above-mentioned spices and Greek yogurt.

In a pot, heat a bit of extra virgin olive oil. Add in the shanks and brown on all sides. Remove from the pot and set aside for the time being. In the empty pot, add chopped onion and the minced garlic cloves. Fry until the raw smell goes away. Then add in the chopped vegetables (celery, carrots, potatoes, and tomatoes). Cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pot and set aside.

Place the browned lamb shanks at the bottom of your slow cooker. Add the cooked onion and garlic along with the vegetables. Now add the vegetable broth. Top with diced butter (optional). Cover the crockpot and cook the lamb shanks for 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Serve hot with rice.


Step: You can remove the lamb shanks from the crockpot and add rice to the soup. The rice to soup ratio is 1:1. If you add one cup of rice, you need to have one cup of the remaining soup. Cook it for 40 minutes on high. It will make it a one pot meal.

Optional Lamb Shank one pot meal. Courtesy/Suranjana Reema Basu