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National Action Network & Rev. Al Sharpton to lead a march August 27th to commemorate the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King the weekend of the King Memorial unveiling on the National Mall

Jun 13, 2011

NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK & REV. AL SHARPTON TO LEAD A MARCH AUGUST 27th TO COMMEMORATE THE WORK AND LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING THE WEEKEND OF THE KING MEMORIAL UNVEILING ON THE NATIONAL MALL—

From the Emancipator (Abraham Lincoln) to the Liberator (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) the collective journey of civil rights to be reaffirmed



New York, NY —Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN), along with partners in labor, education, civil rights, and clergy from across the country, will hold a historic march to symbolize the collective struggle for social justice on Saturday, August 27, 2011– just one day before the historic unveiling of the national King Memorial on the National Mall. The march pre-rally will begin at 12 (Noon) at Constitution and 17th Streets followed by a March beginning at 1:30pm to the King Memorial site on Ohio Drive, SW and West Basin Drive, SW.

According to Rev. Sharpton: There are relatively few moments in our lives that make history; The weekend of August 27th & 28th will be one for the books as we not only commemorate the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream Speech’, but also when the world bears witness to the unveiling of the national King Memorial. As members of the civil rights community and all those who continue to push for equality across the board convene in our nation’s capital to assess our progress and march on for the battles that still lay ahead, generations will look back on this weekend and recount how we paid homage to the people’s  true champion  in the most fitting of ways.  It is undeniably an unprecedented, remarkable event that anyone who carries on the teachings of Dr. King simply cannot afford to miss.”  
National Action Network is organizing the August 27th march to call attention to key issues that have not been remedied in this country even while substantial gains have been made. As working Americans incessantly struggle to gain employment and livable wages, we continue to watch rampant foreclosures and fluctuating markets most heavily impact those that are already suffering under tumultuous financial times.  NAN, and our partners in labor, education, civil rights and the Church, call on every man, woman and child who understands the urgency of social justice on all levels to join us in Washington, D.C. this August.  If you have ever faced oppression, been discriminated against, lost your ability to provide for your family, lost decent health care, watched families torn apart from mass incarceration rates, or simply understand the nobility in fighting for equality, be sure to gather at the Lincoln Memorial as we carry on the message of Dr. King.

Following NAN’s rally and march, National Action Network will gather on Aug. 28th to bear witness to the momentous unveiling of the King Memorial.  Thanks to the unwavering fundraising efforts of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the King Memorial will not only pay homage to our nation’s greatest civil rights leader, but it will also be the first time a non-President will be memorialized on the banks of the Potomac.  It will be a weekend of reflection, organization, strategy, celebration and hope for what we have gainfully achieved, what unites us as human beings and what challenges still remain.  All roads in August lead to Washington – don’t get left behind in the dust of stagnation.

For more information please visit www.nationalactionnetwork.net. To organize a bus please contact our national office at (877)626-4651 or the National Field Director Rev. De-Ves Toon @ (646)981-5972 or via email toon@nationalactionetwork.net