01/09/14 – SOCM Hosts Community Forum on King and Movement’s Legacy – Members partner with MLK-CCC for week full of events
Mt. Pleasant, Tenn. – The Maury County Chapter of Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) will host a community forum and panel discussion, “King, The Movement, and Our Communities Today,” on Monday, January 13th in Mt. Pleasant, as part of a series of events leading up to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The forum will feature a panel of civil rights activists and community organizers from the Middle Tennessee area. There will be opportunities for community members to discuss the legacies of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, and why it matters to us in 2014. The event will take place at the Mt. Pleasant Community Center, 501 Gray Lane, at 6 p.m. CST.
“It is important that we keep Dr. King’s legacy alive and teach our youth and kids about the movement for civil rights.” said Phil Anderson, SOCM Maury County Chapter Chair and Columbia resident. “So many kids, and adults, know nothing about King and the civil rights movement of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Some of our civil liberties today would not have been possible if not for King and the movement. But the journey is definitely not over.”
Monday’s forum is the first in a week full of events in Maury County, sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collaborative Celebration Committee (MLK-CCC) and SOCM. On Tuesday, January 14th, MLK-CCC is hosting their annual Community Celebration Service at Columbia State Community College, highlighting the music of the civil rights movement, at 6 p.m. CST in Cherry Theater. The MLK-CCC Youth Rally will take place on Thursday, January 16th at 6 p.m. CST at Shady Brook Mall in Columbia. And the MLK-CCC Dinner with the Arts will be held Friday, January 17th at 6:30 p.m. CST at the Northfield Center in Spring Hill. Tickets are on sale for the Dinner with the Arts, and may be purchased by contacting Loree Knowles, 931-698-8259.
“King, The Movement, and Our Communities Today” will include video clips of interviews with King and historical footage documenting parts of the civil rights movement in the South. There will be educational resources on hand, and chances for children and youth to participate in the discussion. For more information, contact SOCM Community Organizer Brad Wright at 615-355-9356, firstname.lastname@example.org , or Anderson at 931-548-4495, email@example.com .