by Harriet Callier [[email protected]]
Dr. King asked to be remembered as “… a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” At this difficult time in our Nation’s history, we can all rejoice and gain hope from participating in this memorable event. It should also help us gain energy for the struggle that remains for social and economic justice. Mac Weddle, Executive Director — Northcott Neighborhood House.
A group from Milwaukee participated in the weekend of events surrounding the official dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC.
The group boarded the bus on the Campus of Holy Redeemer Church of God in Christ following a community send-off; the Prayer Service was led by Rev. Charles Walton, Executive Director of Career Youth Development, Inc.
A fraternity’s challenge to increase student and minority visits to our National Mall has resulted in the Memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. The official Memorial dedication was scheduled for August 27 and postponed due to threats from extreme weather.
The group arrived on Saturday in time to participate with the re-enactment of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (sponsored by Dr. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network). The Saturday activities included an unscheduled viewing of the Pentagon with its 9/11 Memorial and a visit with Congresswoman, Gwen Moore.
Cong. Moore met with the group on the steps of the Capital where she turned the brief visit into quite an intimate event with personal photos and comments for the Executive Producer of the MPTV series Black Nouveau [Channels 10.1/36.2], Everett Marshburn. Marshburn (joined by cameraman, Jose Luzano) traveled with the group from Milwaukee to capture the experience of those who were present for the 1963 events and who were returning for the Dedication of the King Memorial.
These three individuals, Geraldine McGowan Brumfield (pictured above), Vivian McLemore and Tyrone Daniels have remained an active part of the social justice work here in Milwaukee.
Wendell Harris, Executive Director of the Ambassadors for Peace Programs, delivered our message to her. The visit to the Capital was not solely recreational but it allowed our delegation—especially her constituents from the Fourth Congressional District—to let her know that we fully support her (and the President) in continuing the fight for the Jobs Bill until it is passed. “We are here to support you because we desperately need the jobs and the quality of life that comes with being gainfully employed in our community.”
Cong. Moore was quick to thank the crowd for the unwavering support explaining that hearing voter comments and support are vital to knowing the consensus on any decisions back at home.
While many in the group were retirees and life-long residents of Milwaukee, students from Transition and Community High Schools, as well as, Springfield College –Milwaukee Campus and UW-Platteville (Black Student Union) joined them.
Two SEIU Locals supported the purpose of this trip by assisting their membership to go along. On the ground in Washington, the sponsors had the support of Tyrone and Corey Daniels (Milwaukee’s Commandoes Phase II) in an all-out effort of customer service and safety for the group.
Ambassadors for Peace Programs of Wendell J Harris & Associates, Coalition of Black American Men, Inc. and Humanists Ministries, Inc. and the ARACOPA Coalition for Social Justice (an SCLC-affiliate organization) sponsored the trip.