MLK Memorial – Washington, D.C.

6 Dec

This past weekend, I took a road trip to Washington, D.C. with a friend and three other Public Allies from Connecticut. We left directly from our Continuous Learning day on diversity and institutional racism. Continuous Learning is one of Public Allies’ Five Core Values, so most Fridays the 29 first-year Connecticut Allies gather for a full day of training. I’ll use three pictures from last weekend’s trip to the newly opened MLK Memorial to briefly discuss three themes from recent Continuous Learning days.

On October 28, two Kingian Nonviolence Educators from the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence led a full day workshop on nonviolent conflict reconciliation for first-year Allies. The training consisted of a discussion on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Principles of Nonviolence, songs and video from the Civil Rights Era, and conflict reconciliation role-playing activities. I’d been thinking about a trip to D.C. ever since the MLK Memorial opened, but this training really sparked my motivation to make it happen.

The second half of our November 4 Continuous Learning Day was led by our three Public Allies program managers and focused on team dynamics. We discussed the lessons a team can learn from a flock of geese, which proved both humorous and helpful. When I saw a flock of geese flying towards the MLK Memorial, I knew it was a moment that needed capturing. I think the picture turned out quite nicely, if I may say so myself.

 

Last Friday’s Continuous Learning Day was on diversity and institutional racism. Interestingly, while much of the training was focused on race and racism, the group conversations repeatedly turned to poverty and economic justice. This made me think of the Poor People’s Campaign that MLK launched in 1967, less than six months before his assassination. The quote in this third picture is from a speech of his a few years prior to the launch of the Poor People’s Campaign, but I think it does the topic justice.

MLK Day is less than two months away. Take action with 40 Days of Peace.

Philip Drew – Hartford, CT

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2 Responses to “MLK Memorial – Washington, D.C.”

  1. imdelgado December 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    MLK was really so inspiring. It’s amazing that his legacy lives on.

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    […] by Dr. King’s teachings. You may remember that some Connecticut Public Allies and I visited the MLK Memorial back in November. For my mid-year Presentation of Learning with Public Allies (which will be […]

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