Thursday, April 4, 2019
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) will hold a special interfaith, candlelight commemoration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 51st anniversary of his assassination:
Today, April 4, 2019
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition National Headquarters
930 E. 50th Street
The theme of the event is: “Dr. King Lives: Non-Violence, Direct Action and Voting are Still the Weapons of Choice.”
Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon, Imam Tariq El-Amin, Rev. Janette C. Wilson and Jonathan Luther Jackson, RPC national spokesman and Dr. King’s godson, will share their reflections of and prayers for the murdered freedom fighter and apostle of peace. Candles will be lit and an anthem of the movement, “We Shall Overcome,” will be performed at 6:01 p.m. That was the time Dr. King was gunned down as he stood on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. on April 4, 1968.
Moments before Dr. King was killed, he was laughing and joking with the youngest member of his inner circle, a fiery seminary graduate student named Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr, who was standing 15 feet away when the shot rang out. Rev. Jackson is one of the last living eye-witnesses to the assassination that still haunts the country.
“For more than 50 years,” Rev. Jackson said, “we have never stopped doing Dr. King’s work”
In 1966, when Dr. King moved into a slum building on the West Side of Chicago to join the struggle for education reform and open housing, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate appointed Rev. Jackson to head the movement's economic development arm, Operation Breadbasket, known today as the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.