Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Johnsburg to Host Its First MLK Day Event

The Town of Johnsburg and the Johnsburg Central School’s Adirondacks and U.S. History classes are sponsoring a Martin Luther King Day event on January 19th, 2009 at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek between 2:00 and 5:00 PM. The event will feature a screening of the film: “In Remembrance of Martin”, a PBS documentary which includes interviews with former President Jimmy Carter, Congressman John Lewis, Bill Cosby, Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Joan Baez, and Bishop Desmond Tutu, discussing their memories of Dr. King and the civil rights movement.

It also includes a great deal of archival news footage of Dr. King, including his arrest during the Montgomery Boycott, his “I Have a Dream” speech, and his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. In addition to being a tribute to Dr. King and his legacy, this film includes news clips of Klan rallies and violent scenes of police using fire hoses and clubs on peaceful demonstrators to show the harsh realities of what was at stake during the struggle for equality in America.

Following the film, there will be a brief break for refreshments, which will be followed by a presentation from local author and historian John Warren. His speech, “African American History-A Local Perspective” will cover some fascinating and little known topics such as Sundown towns, and racial violence in the Adirondacks, African American tourism caravans, and KKK activity in the region. Following this presentation, there will be an open discussion on historical and contemporary racial issues in our area.

This program is free and open to the public.

This event marks what the organizers hope will be the first of a continuing series of annual activities to honor the holiday. At the conclusion of the event, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to volunteer to work on next year’s program.


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