February 13, 2017 – The New Poor People’s Campaign
We are approaching the 50th Anniversaries of the assassination of Martin Luther King and his last great movement, the Poor People’s Campaign. The Poor People’s Campaign in its 21st Century form is surging back as a national movement founded by Rev. Dr. William Barber, who created the Moral Mondays Movement and is chair of the chair of the NAACP’s Legislative Political Action Committee, and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, founder and co-director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice, and coordinator of the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary. Rev.s Barber and Theoharis are touring the country working with local groups breathing a new life into the Poor People’s Campaign.
We continue our Martin Luther King Jr. Day special with an examination of King’s legacy. We talk with young social justice activists about how his life influences their work today. Our guests include: Destiny Watford, member of Free Your Voice, a United Workers committee working in Baltimore’s Curtis Bay and Brooklyn neighborhoods to ensure fair development that puts community first; Babatunde Salaam of New Lens, a youth-driven social justice organization that makes art and media about issues where a youth perspective can inspire change; Dawnya Johnson, of The Intersection project, which teaches youth to organize and engage in civic action around issues affecting their communities; and Dr. Jeanne Theoharis, professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We begin with a look at Dr. King’s lesser-known speeches, reflecting upon a side of him that is often not remembered, with: Keith Snipes, actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator; Adar Ayira; project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action; Robert E. Birt, author of The Liberatory Thought of Martin Luther King Jr.: Critical Essays on the Philosopher King and assistant professor of Philosophy at Bowie State University; and Dr. Jeanne Theoharis, professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.
We have a conversation on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which will be commemorated with an event on August 24th in Washington, DC. We’re joined by: Dr.Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; Dr. William P. Jones, professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights; Danny Schechter, award-winning journalist, television producer, independent filmmaker, and media critic; and Leo Burroughs, civil rights activist and president of the Memorial Apartments Tenants Association in Bolton Hill.
There is a bus being organized from the Govans community for the August 24th March on Washington with seats still available. It will be leaving at 7:30am from the Govans-Boundary United Methodist Church at 5210 York Road. More information from Lisa at 410-818-6174.
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