NAN Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events—
NAN will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities on Monday, January 17th, 2011 in both Washington, DC and New York City. King Day 2011 will kick off in Washington, DC, at 8:00 a.m. with NAN’s annual King Day breakfast featuring leaders in civil rights, labor, education, public policy and clergy. Featured attendees will include United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Randi Weingarten, the President of the American Federation of Teachers. Later that morning at the “House of Justice” NAN’s national headquarters in Harlem, New York, the annual King Day Public Policy forum will be held at 11:00 a.m. featuring a myriad of national figures and New York state elected officials, activists, community leaders and clergy. At the end of the forum there will be Town Hall Meeting live on the radio to discuss stemming the tide of gun violence in our community. Each of NAN’s King Day celebrations will benefit the community and celebrate the legacy of civil rights on a national scale.
The theme of education and anti-violence will be highlighted at both of NAN’s King Day events and the holiday season has been highlighted by NAN’s continued work around education including recent events around the country such as the gun buy back and anti-violence summit NAN led in New York City with the NYPD and more. NAN will further our education efforts in 2011 with a tour across the country to shed light upon the achievement gap. Rev. Al Sharpton has called education reform the civil rights issue of the 21st Century and it is a key component of NAN’s agenda.