by June Cooper
Fifty years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King announced the Poor People’s Campaign. Although launched in 1968, this movement continues to be relevant today. A recent Boston Globe series confronted Boston’s most vexing issue -- racism. If you Google the phase “most racist city” Boston pops up more than any other place, time and time again. Racism is played in the delivery of health care, and educational systems, and in employment. There are huge disparities in Boston, where the poverty rate for white residents is just under 7% and for Black residents is 21.5 %.
As people of faith we are called to engage in the world around us. But how do we do that? Well join City Mission on Saturday January 13, in Brookline MA. We invite you to come and learn about these issues and practice skills that will allow you to engage in courageous conversations about race. This year’s program will focus on the intersection of race and class. This will be a very interactive day when you will have an opportunity to share your experiences in small groups. You will also hear from local speaker’s – one who participated in the Poor People’s March in 1868 and low-wage earners who are working 3 and 4 jobs just to keep a roof over their head. The Conference Associate for Racial Justice, TJ Harper, and local clergy will offer reflections on these issues. We will share the ways that you and your congregation can engage in the Re-Launch of the Poor People’s March.
An educational program is planned for the children and youth 7-14. This program will include art, music and storytelling.
Get more information and register online or contact Katie Omberg, Director of Community Engagement.
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