As the Committee For Racial Justice looks ahead to January celebrations of MLK day, questions come to mind.
Fifty one years after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King has streets, schools, hospitals and even a national holiday named after him.
He has become one of the most popular icons in American history. But is the popular Dr. King the real Dr. King-
or is the popular Dr. King a comfortable counterfeit that serves all too often to lull the public into complacent satisfaction with the racial and socio-economic status quo?
At our January 5 workshop, the Committee for Racial Justice will honor the memory of Dr. King by considering such questions as these:
In what ways has King's true legacy been co-opted and falsified by politicians, the media, educators (or mis-educators), etc.?
What is King's true legacy? What kinds of changes would the REAL King want to see in our society and world? How might we best work for these changes?
We will be guided in addressing these and other crucial questions by two resources. Our first special guest is well known to most of us. Dr. Sylvia Rousseau was an extremely effective principal at Santa Monica High School for 7 years. She was interim co-superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu School District. She was an extremely effective principal of Crenshaw High School. She was Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. The list goes on. Suffice it to say that over a long career Dr. Rousseau has secured a place among Southern California's most distinguished and highly respected educators.
Our second special guest is a representative from an ambitious nationwide project that is expressly dedicated to carrying out Dr. King's true mission. The project is The Poor People's Campaign. The representative is Kenia Alcocer. She is co-director and organizer of Union de Vecinos and co-chair of the California Poor People's Campaign.
Please join us for a deep, thoughtful, and challenging celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.