As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, it is important to remember that African Americans continue to face many of the same inequalities today that Dr. King gave his life to fight for decades ago.
There are three major indicators by which we commonly measure racial economic inequality: median hourly wage, median household income and median family net worth or wealth.
In 2016, the most recent year for which all of these data are available:
the median black worker earned 75 percent of what the median white worker earned in an hour ($14.92 for black workers, $19.79 for white workers);
the median black household earned 61 percent of the income the median white household earned in a year ($39,490 for black households, $65,041 for white households);
and the value of net worth for the median black family was just 10 percent of the value for the median white family ($17,600 for black families, $171,000 for white families).
The differences in median household income and median family net worth are major indicators that we are a long way from remedying the vestiges of racism and the centuries of federal, state and local policies that created these disparities.
Join us for this Commemoration and Celebration of the teaching of Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., Reverend Modele Clarke, Pastor of the New Progressive Baptist Church in Kingston will be our Guest Preacher, and we will be joined by members of New Progressive Community.
Robert Bard on bass and Cathie Malach on piano will accompany our service so the music is going to soar!
A FREE Community Event celebrating the life, achievements and birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. See the iconic newsreel film of his “I Have a Dream” speech on the big screen, plus a new short film “My Dreams” made especially for this occasion by filmmaker, Nan Bress. Participate in a Civil Rights sing-along & enjoy birthday cake. Then watch 2017 feature film “Marshall.”
Schedule of Events:
2:00 Screening of “I Have a Dream Speech”
2:20 Screening of the short film “My Dreams” by Nan Bress
2:30 Sing-Along of civil rights songs facilitated by Fre Atlast
Deeper Than The Skin: Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway in a musical presentation on Race in America
When: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7pm
Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY
Suggested donation, $15, Refreshments will be served
On Thursday evening, Jan. 25th at 7pm, The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present Deeper Than the Skin, a musical presentation on Race in America by Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway. Reggie and Greg have a unique story. Born three days apart, ancestry flowing through the same portal of history, Richmond, VA, they are on a pilgrimage together - one that began three decades ago.