Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Saranac Lake

poor peoples campainA celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life has been set for Saturday, April 13th, 2019, from 7 to 8 pm at the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church Street, Suite 2, Saranac Lake. This is a rescheduled event, canceled due to weather earlier this year.

Hear Dr. King’s words on the need for social and economic justice, and listen to Joe Paparone speak on the revival of Dr. King’s last project – the Poor People’s Campaign and discuss ways to continue this legacy today. There will be music and refreshments.

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is updating Martin Luther King’s last social action project. Planning began in 2017 to carry forward Martin Luther King’s campaign to gain economic justice for poor people in the United States.

In 1968, following Martin Luther King’s assassination, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy carried out the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign or Poor People’s March by establishing the 3,000 person protest camp on the Washington Mall where protestors stayed for six weeks in the spring of 1968. The current revival broadens the agenda from Martin Luther King’s focus on jobs and racism to include poverty and economic inequality, voter disenfranchisement, ecological devastation, war economy and militarism.

At a meeting on December 4th, more than 20 local residents gathered to meet with Joe Paparone, a North Country organizer for the new Poor People’s Campaign. Paparone will be sharing his experience. Attendees will discuss ways people in Saranac Lake struggle to make ends meet and have difficulty with financial and social stability.

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