NAACP Participates In Activities In Memory Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A leader known for pushing the South and the Nation toward change

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend will take part in many activities to not only remember but also continue the fight of the slain civil rights leader.

Dennis Courtland Hayes, Interim NAACP President and CEO, and Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, NAACP COO, will be among those participating with the Georgia State Conference NAACP, Georgia State Youth and College Division NAACP and Columbus Branch NAACP in a march and rally protesting the unjust treatment of minorities at the hands of police officers. They have asked all civil rights/human rights and labor organizations to join them Saturday, January 15 at 2 p.m., in Columbus for a demonstration.

"The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is a good time to honor the contributions of past and present civil rights workers. The police shooting of Kenneth Walker is evidence that the fight for justice must continue for generations to come," says Hayes.

Hayes and Rivers will participate with the South Carolina State Conference on Monday, January 17 in a march and rally calling for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the grounds of the state capital in Columbia. The theme of the march is education, equity and equal justice. The rally begins at 9:30 a.m. at Zion Baptist Church located at 801 Washington St. Following the rally participants will march from the church to the Statehouse with a program to begin at 10:30 a.m.

John J. Johnson, NAACP Chief Programs Officer, will speak on Sunday, January 16 at 3 p.m. at the Simpson County chapter MLK commemoration at the Elevated Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin, KY.

John H. Jackson, NAACP National Director of Education, will speak on Monday, January 17 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the MLK celebration for the Pocatello, Idaho branch at the Pond Student Union.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, sponsored by the Hart County Branch will be Monday, January 17 at 6 p.m. at Sardis Baptist Church in Hartwell, GA. Six young people from Hart County schools have been chosen to speak about King's six principles of non-violence. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and privates sectors.

CONTACT: NAACP Office of Communications 410.580.5125

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