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Clark University to host panel discussion on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Clark University will host a panel discussion …

“Living the Revolution through Day to Day Struggle”

Monday, January 19

3 pm, in Tilton Hall, 2nd floor, Higgins University Center

950 Main St.

The Clark campus will come together to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., and the thousands of others who agitated on behalf of equal rights and justice during the 1960s and beyond, and to consider the urgent need for the sorts of social, political, and economic changes that have galvanized the nation toward mass mobilization these past few months.

The following individuals will participate in the event:

•Lakiyra ‘Oompa’ Williams, manager of student services at Breakthrough Greater (Boston) in Roxbury, Massachusetts;

•Steve O’Neil, organizer with Worcester-based E.P.O.C.H., an organization that advocates for the rights of incarcerated persons;

•Shara Smith, coordinator and movement director for the national organization Move to Amend;

•David Minasian, organizer/business representative for the New England Carpenters’ Union based in Worcester at Carpenters Local 107.

The discussion will address questions such as:

•What role should white activists play in the movement for racial justice?

•Do youth voices matter?

•How should institutions such as Clark respond to these issues?

•Is there a place for violence in social and political movements?

•How does the individual activist effectively challenge structural inequality?

The event is free and open to the public.

From the Worcester chapter of the NAACP … and President Obama speaking on Trayvon Martin’s death

President Barack Obama visits with Make-A-Wish child Suhail Zaveri, 14, from Anaheim, Calif., in the Oval Office, July 16, 2013. Accompanying Suhail are his parents Sandeep and Asmi Zaveri, and younger brother Arsh Zaveri. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Greetings from the NAACP Worcester Unit #2058

We will be joining our brothers and sisters of the New England Area Conference (along with the NAACP all across out nation) in Washington DC this August 24th to celebrate the 50th Year Anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech and to demand that Congress restore the full strength of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The round trip cost will be around $85.00/pp. We will be leaving around 10:00pm – 11:00pm, the evening OF Friday, Aug. 23rd and traveling all night. The rally is Saturday,Aug. 24th in the morning and we will be leaving at some point late in the afternoon. The full cost of the trip will have to be paid about 3 weeks in advance (light snack included). If we have 50 people prepaid three weeks in advance, we can be picked up in Worcester.


Join The Fight!


We learned at the NAACP National Convention that the planned 50th Celebration of the March on Washington, where Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his I Have A Dream speech, will have a new and urgent purpose. The NAACP is part of a group of organizations which is planning to combine the 50th Year Celebration with an imperative that Congress restore the full strength of the Voting Rights Act. It is felt that no civil rights legislation has been as important as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and as reauthorized in 2006. Extending the full power of the right to vote has been the leverage point for all subsequent civil rights legislation. The Supreme Court’s decision to strike Sec. IV must now be rectified by Congress. We will now have a Mass Rally, demanding that Congress act without delay.

Even though the actual day of the 1963 March was on August 28th.the planned Rally will take place on Saturday, August 244, 2013 in Washington, DC. NEAC will join other State Conferences and arrange for several busses to journey to Washington for the Rally. We ask that you immediately communicate with the members of your Branch or organization about the Rally and urge their participation.

Trip Planning Underway

Within a few days, we will be able to provide a cost for the trip, but because time is so short, we ask that you communicate the yet to be defined plans so that potential participants can begin their planning. We expect that there will be several buses leaving from Massachusetts and New Hampshire — possibly one or several from the western part of MA, several from the greater Boston area, one from eastern MA, and one from NH. Of course, the actual number of busses will be determined by the demand. As was the case with the trip to Washington to observe the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Memorial, this will be a trip down, leaving the evening of Aug. 23rd, participation in the Rally on Aug. 24th, and return late afternoon on Aug.24th.

Please spread the word broadly so that our area sends significant numbers. Again, this is no longer just a commemorative Rally, but a Rally to demand that Congress restores the Voting Rights Act.