The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Program and March will be held on Monday, Jan. 21, the national holiday – at 1:00 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1927 N. 4th St.
The commemorative program will be followed at 2:30 pm by a three block march to Dr. King’s statue on M. L. King Drive, just north of Walnut St., where there will be an open microphone to reflect on Dr. King’s work.
The event will focus on the message of Dr. King toward the end of his life when he confronted not only racism, but also poverty, militarism and economic injustice. The program will honor the memory and work of Felmers Chaney, former Milwaukee police officer and director of the local NAACP and include singers Dorothy Jackson, Fred Reed and Milwaukee actor Andre Lee Ellis.
The event is sponsored by the Milwaukee Justice Coalition. The coalition has come together annually for this event for the past 11 years and includes grassroots groups working on issues of poverty, homelessness, economic justice and peace.
This year’s coalition includes St. Francis Church, Peace Action Wis., Repairers of the Breach, Casa Maria Catholic Worker, Veterans for Peace, Welfare Warriors, Greater Milwaukee Green Party, Welfare Warriors, Injured Workers Center, Greater Milwaukee Human Rights Network, Voces de la Frontera, Benedict Center, Summer of Peace, Milwaukee Branch Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Urban Underground, Progressive Democrats of America – Milw. County, and Marquette University Center for Peacemaking.