Rally and March for “Jobs, Peace & Justice”
Monday, January 19, 2015
Central United Methodist Church
23 E. Adams and Woodward, Detroit
To help organize or volunteer, please call 313-405-2185
Funds needed: Please donate –
mail your donation to: Detroit MLK Day Committee, 5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
For Dr. King’s ‘Beloved Community’, please bring to the Church on MLK Day clothing donations of new hats, gloves, socks and underwear for the N.O.A.H. Program for the homeless.
50 Years Since Selma: The Struggle for Democracy, Peace and Social Justice Continues
On Jan. 19, 2015 we will hold the 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Rally & March beginning at Noon in the sanctuary of the Central United Methodist Church. This year’s theme is “From Selma to Detroit: The Struggle for Democracy, Peace and Social Justice Continues.”
We are recognizing the valiant contributions of the struggle for voting rights by Dr. King, the founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and others who paved the way for the advances gained during the 1960s and 1970s.
Nonetheless, today we are facing the most profound challenge to the status of civil rights, human rights and economic justice since the martyrdom of Dr. King in 1968.In the state of Michigan fundamental rights to a living wage, collective bargaining, municipal pensions and public services have been eroded.
The situation in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York illustrates the degree of racial unrest and social inequality in the U.S. People have responded in the tens of thousands through demonstrations and civil disobedience demanding justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and all victims of police brutality.
Police misconduct and judicial impunity have been the social mechanisms used to transfer the largest sum of wealth in history from working people to the rich. Based upon the conditions we face and the need to build for the future, we have no other recourse except to follow the legacy of Dr. King in championing the plight of the poor and oppressed in their striving towards genuine equality and self-determination.
The program for this year will include tributes to the late Retired Judge Claudia Morcom, U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Jr., the late General Baker, there will be representatives speaking on behalf of organizations involved in the struggle for water rights, housing, anti-racism, labor, environmental security and other issues.
We are requesting your participation in this annual event. If you are interested in joining the planning committee contact us by phone , 313-405-2185 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, volunteers are needed at the actual event on Jan. 19.
Please contact us if you are interested in assisting.