MLK Solidarity Events Today in Nashville From 3:00 – 8:30pm

Forty three years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King traveled to Memphis to support the sanitation workers and their struggle for dignity, fair pay and union rights. Their picket signs read, “I AM a Man.” Dr. King was assassinated the next day, April 4, 1968.

On this solemn anniversary we will commemorate the life of Dr. King as well as his support of all hardworking men and women and their fight to be treated with dignity.

All events are for today, Monday, April 4, 2011.

PRESS CONFERENCE & SILENT MARCH – Legislative Plaza, 6th & Union, Nashville, TN, 3:00 to 5:00 PM

  • 3:00 PM: Meet at the cafeteria in Legislative Plaza for briefing and materials.
  • 3:15 PM: Press Conference at Legislative Plaza. Speakers:
    • Mary Mancini, TN Citizen Action
    • Freda Player, SEIU
    • Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III, National NAACP VP for Stakeholder Relations
  • 3:30 PM: Silently and peaceably walk to House and Senate Chamber and stand in solidarity as legislators arrive for Monday session at 4 pm (House) and 4:30 pm (Senate).

NASHVILLE WE ARE ONE RALLY – War Memorial Plaza, Nashville, TN, 5:00 to 6:30 PM

  • 5:00 – 6:30 PM: Rally – Speakers to be announced. (see Facebook)

TEACH-IN ON CIVIL RIGHTS. THE FAITH COMMUNITY & LABOR, Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church, 2708 Jefferson St, Nashville, TN, 5:30 – 8:30 PM

  • 5:30 – 8:30 PM: Host: Eric Wingerter; Program Speakers:
    • Dr. Lewis V. Baldwin, Professor of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University
    • Mr. Keith Caldwell, Exec. Director, Urban EpiCenter
    • Mr. Jerry Lee, President, TN AFL-CIO Labor Council
    • Rev. Dr. Julius R. Scruggs, President, National Baptist Convention, U.S.A
    • Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Thurston, President, National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.
      Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III, National NAACP Vice President for Stakeholder Relations

For more info watch this 10 minute documentary “I AM a Man”, or read the history from the National Archives.

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