Reclaim MLK Week Of Action, Black Lives Matter DC
Join BLM DC from January 13-20th for their Third Annual #ReclaimMLK Week of Action!
“Martin Luther King Jr’s life’s work was the elevation, honoring, and defense of Black Lives. His tools included non-violent civil disobedience and direct action. Dr. King was part of a larger movement of women, and men, queer, and straight, young and old. This movement was built on a bold vision that was radical, principled, and uncompromising. The freedom fighters who believed in this vision were called impractical, rash, irrational, and naive. Their tactics were controversial. Some elders distanced themselves from what was then a new movement for change. Some of the older generation joined in. Our movement draws a direct line from the legacy of Dr. King.
Unfortunately, Dr. King’s legacy has been clouded by efforts to soften, sanitize, and commercialize it. Impulses to remove Dr. King from the movement that elevated him must end. We resist efforts to reduce a long history marred with the blood of countless women and men into iconic images of men in suits behind pulpits.
From here on, MLK weekend will be known as a time of national resistance to injustice.
This MLK weekend we will walk in the legacy of Dr. King and the movement that raised him. We will #ReclaimMLK.” – Ferguson Action
Three years ago, the #ReclaimMLK Week of Action was the first public event Black Lives Matter DC put on. Every year the week is phenomenal, touching hundreds of people and highlighting issues unique to Black DC communities. Kicking off each new year with a sense of purpose, focus, and a solid group of folks ready for strategic, principled, and organized resistance is amazing. This year will be no different and we hope to see you all there!
In addition to coming out to enjoy the events (listed below and attached to this email), they are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out this form as soon as possible. We would love your help collecting more items for the Silent Auction on Friday 1/19. If you or anyone you know wants to donate, please have them fill out this form.
Lastly, critically important events like these cost money to put on. BLM DC is an all volunteer grassroots chapter and needs your help to cover the costs associated with this week. They have been able to secure many in-kind and other donations through hard work and relationships they’ve have built. However, they still need your support to cover what remains. Please donate generously here today and encourage your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc. to do the same! Your help is greatly appreciated.
MLK Holiday DC Theme: Where do we go from here? Chaos or community?
January 13, 2018 - 12:00 am
January 20, 2018 - 12:00 am