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SNHOBU MLK Day Breakfast 2014

Flyer for 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Day Celebration

Monday, January 16, 2012 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) of Western Massachusetts is having it’s 28th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday on Monday, January 16, 2012! Our theme is Non-violent Youth Organizing, to tie together events from MLK’s life to present day actions like the Occupy movement.

This year’s event will begin at 9:00am at the Sojourner Truth statue (intersection of Pine and Park Streets) in Florence with Steve Strimer who will lead a walk of the homes of Sojourner Truth, Basil Dorsey, and David Ruggles.

MLK Solo

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Number 160074: The View from Inside

After Stephen Cary’s arrest and detention during the Poor People’s Campaign, he wrote “I learned a lot in the twenty-eight hours between my arrest and trial. I learned what it is to be nobody.”

1968 rally in support of Poor Peoples Campaign

“Let us continue his work”  was the theme of an April 29, 1968 rally to support the Poor People’s Campaign.

Steve Cary telegram April 1968

The day after King’s assassination, the AFSC’s Stephen Cary  asks religious leaders to come to Washington, noting “it is our conviction that one million must replace the one who has been shot down.”

1968 April MLK letter

In soliciting contributions to the campaign, King wrote ”we cannot condone either violence or the equivalent evil of passivity.”

1967 Dec. letter to Colin Bell

King acknowledged AFSC’s  “devotion, cooperation and help in the past” in asking for staff support of the Poor People’s Campaign.

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AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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