UU's to hear civil rights update


ALAMOSA — In honor of Black History Month and the events of the Civil Rights Movement the Unitarians are presenting an unusual program on Sunday, February 10th. A little more than 50 years ago one of Martin Luther King’s dreams was the Poor People’s March on Washington. Although he was assassinated in April, his vision was fulfilled by Ralph Abernathy and members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. They were joined by a coalition of more than 50 organizations.

Estimates differ but between 3,000 and 7,000 people camped on the National Mall during May and June of that rainy summer in 1968.

Judy Burrell was a small part of that remarkable event. It has been a great interest for hers for a very long time. She has researched the background of the march, (more than two years in the planning), the two months in Washington, and the results. Her job was communication, her office a tiny wooden shack erected on the Mall. She looks forward to sharing the things she has learned.

William Barber, a well-known minister and activist from North Carolina, has resurrected the campaign and brought together a newly invigorated group to carry on King’s work. The Rebirth of the Poor People’s Campaign was initiated in 2019. This one will focus on community outreach and education. There are already committees in 40 states. Join us to learn more and to discuss what the future may bring.

The UU’s meet at 10:30 a.m. on the ground floor of the Presbyterian Church at 330 San Juan Avenue. All are welcome - and especially children. They have their own programs. For further information call Judy at 719 672 4009.

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