Friday, April 4th marks the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
His death sparked the 1968 riots that engulfed communities across the country and in particular, on Chicago’s West Side. In the aftermath of those tumultuous events, there were promises made to rebuild our communities by re-establishing businesses and the local economies.
Those promises were made to illustrate a commitment to the “dream” and devotion for the people for whom Dr. King fought and died. Since Dr. King’s death the question remains: “Where are we now?”
Religious scholars will join political and community leaders for a commemorative rally and program to answer that question 7 p.m. Friday, April 4 at New Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church, 531 N. Kedzie. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
The event’s guest speaker will be civil rights leader and former Asst. U.S. Attorney Thomas N. Todd.
Congressman Danny Davis also will participate.
“We are expecting a large and politically-charged group on Friday evening,” Rev. Paul Jakes said in a statement. “We are committed to honoring the legacy of Dr. King by insuring that what he stood for never dies.”