National Action Network To Host Its Annual King Day Luncheon In Washington, D.C.

ON THE ACTUAL BIRTHDAY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. & IN LIGHT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION, NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) TO HOST ITS ANNUAL KING DAY LUNCHEON IN WASHINGTON, DC, FEATURING SPEECHES BY REV. AL SHARPTON, MARTIN LUTHER KING, III, AND CABINET MEMBERS INCLUDING SECRETARY OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES KATHLEEN SEBELIUS

IN THE NAME OF DR. KING, REV. SHARPTON TO REMIND CONGRESS AND OTHERS THAT DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S LAST EFFORT WAS THE “POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN” & HE WOULD HAVE STATED THAT THE MIDDLE-CLASS, WORKING CLASS, AND POOR, SHOULD NOT BE SACRIFICED IN THE ONGOING FISCAL AND DEFICIT REDUCTION TALKS—

In New York City that evening, NAN to hold the annual King Day Public Policy Forum and first community Mayoral Debate

Jan 2, 2012 (Washington, DC)—Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, has announced that NAN will hold the annual King Day Luncheon in Washington, DC, on the birth date of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and during the Inauguration in Washington of the President of the United States. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2011 at 11 am at the Hyatt Regency, 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC. That evening in New York City, at 6 pm, NAN will convene its annual King Day Public Policy Forum at NAN headquarters featuring the first community Mayoral debate at 106 West 145th Street in Harlem.

In Washington, DC, there will be special remarks by Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III and other national leaders, and a key theme will be reminding Congress and others that the middle-class, working class and poor people in America must not be sacrificed in this in the ongoing fiscal and deficit reduction talks. Rev. Sharpton will discuss how in 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders planned a Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C. The group planned to demand that President Lyndon Johnson and Congress help the poor get jobs, health-care and decent homes. Campaign organizers intended the campaign to be a peaceful gathering of poor people from communities across the nation. They would march through the capital and visit various federal agencies in hopes of getting Congress to pass substantial anti-poverty legislation. They planned to stay until some action was taken. But weeks before the march was to take place, King was assassinated. Rev. Sharpton will also assert that if Dr. King were alive he would urge strong gun control reform.

NAN’s King Day luncheon will also include a special address by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius regarding the health policies of the Administration in the spirit of Dr. King’s dream. There are concerns about health disparities in the Black and Latino communities and the event will call upon community and faith leaders to close the health care gap and work closely with education, health care, and wellness advocates, to make health and wellness a major issue in 2013. Among the themes will include the Affordable Health Care Act, health disparities and a challenge to faith leaders to help with self-responsibility in the community. This year’s event is being co-hosted NAN’s sister organization Education for a Better America (EBA) and will announce NAN’s partnership on a health initiative that will focus on health education and an active lifestyle.

In New York City that evening, NAN will hold the first community New York City Mayoral debate and annual King Day Public Policy Forum at 6:00 p.m. at National Action Network headquarters (106 West 145th Street at Malcolm X Blvd). Attendees will include candidates for New York City Mayor who address the community about key issues including, gun control, “Stop and Frisk” policing, education, economic justice and more.

NAN is dedicated to a modern civil rights agenda, which includes education, criminal justice, gun violence prevention, healthcare and standard of decency for all people. Education for a Better America is an educational nonprofit that focuses on building bridges between policymakers and the classrooms by supporting innovations in the delivery of education; creating a dialogue between policymakers, community leaders, educators, parents, and students; and disseminating information and findings that will positively impact our students and schools.

On this day in particular, NAN and EBA encourage elected officials, community activists, clergy and leaders across the country to pause and remember the example of Dr. King and the importance of his work. The annual King Day event not only celebrates Dr. King’s legacy, but provides an opportunity to refocus on the work each of us does to carry on his dream.

NAN is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the nation. NAN works extensively to promote a standard of decency for all people regardless of race or sex, social justice for all communities, and improvements in race relations. Through the years, NAN has served as a megaphone for the voiceless and an advocate for those in need.

For media inquiries contact: Rachel Noerdlinger (rachel@noerdlingermedia.com)

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