08/26/2011

Hurricane postpones MLK memorial events

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With a major hurricane bearing down on the nation’s capital, weekend events tied to the unveiling of the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C., have been postponed to ensure public safety. However, the decision to reschedule the Aug. 27 March for Jobs and Justice as well as the official unveiling a day later has done nothing to dampen enthusiasm for either the new MLK memorial or the social principles it stands for.

“While we are all disappointed, the fact that so many of you held off canceling your travel plans even in the face of these difficult conditions is eloquent testimony of the high regard that AFT members hold for Dr. King and his legacy, our recognition that his work remains unfinished, and our commitment to working with our allies in labor and the community to realize Dr. King’s vision of social and economic justice,” AFT president Randi Weingarten told union activists who planned to attend the rally and march and the scores of volunteers, captains and coordinators— who stood ready to work in difficult weather conditions until the event was officially postponed. She invoked King’s words in a tweet the same day, pointing out how weather-related events will ultimately show how King’s dream “can be deferred, not denied.”

In the days ahead, the AFT will be consulting with sponsoring organizations in an effort to reschedule planned events. Details will be announced online as they become available. [Mike Rose]

August 26, 2011