On Thursday, January 15th, a group of nearly 25 community members gathered at the Mediation Center to reflect on the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. and discuss present day social issues in the context of historical movements for social change. The group was comprised of both new and longtime Brooklynites as well as community members of all ages, including many youth from YO S.O.S. and a number of dedicated S.O.S. volunteers.
The night began with a screening of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington. Guests then engaged in small group conversations at their tables, spurred by the speech as well as fact sheets and guiding questions drawn from four of Dr. King’s lesser known focus areas: Militarism, Income Inequality, Police Accountability, and Equal Access to Education. The night concluded with an engaging whole group discussion about these issues and individuals’ own experiences with race, racism, and activism from the days of the Civil Rights movement up to today.
As the evening came to a closed, guests continued with each other, exchanging information, and resolving to continue engaging in these important dialogues with one another.