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Reclaiming MLK’s Radical Roots at the IMC

Check out the “Reclaiming MLK’s Radical Roots” event that CUCPJ and the IMC are co-hosting this Sunday.

When: Sunday, January 25 2015, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: U-C Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana 61801

Here’s some info about the event:

CUCPJ and UCIMC will host “Reclaiming MLK’s Radical Roots” as part of a national effort to bring the #BlackLivesMatter movement into the New Year.  

We’ll have invited readers, music, and refreshments, and an open mic. Bring your favorite King speeches and reflections on them, or we’ll supply copies of his more radical writings.

Too often in mainstream media we see a whitewashed Martin Luther King. But if King had been only a dreamer, they wouldn’t have shot him. His words and actions of nearly fifty years ago were controversial at the time and remain profoundly radical today.

We want to revisit his example to bring forth a 21st Century grassroots movement. We continued to be haunted by what King called the triplets of “racism,” “materialism,” and “militarism.” Now more than ever we need a “radical revolution” against the New Jim Crow―mass incarceration, police brutality, and a criminal injustice system keeping African American youth in shackles. What can we understand of today’s situations in the light of Martin Luther King’s vision, and where does it lead us?

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