From the State Party:
Today we honor the life of a man and the legacy of a movement that dared to face injustice and inequality with peaceful demonstration and compassion. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned a future where the limits of a person’s success would be decided not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Through long years of struggle and strife, the civil rights movement prompted groundbreaking legislation barring the segregation of public facilities and banning tactics used to suppress the minority vote, eventually resulting in the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
That's why we’re launching the 1965 Project – a campaign to register 1,965 new voters between today and August 6th, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
Please join NDCC members to see a movie that highlights the difficult struggle for sufferage by black Americans in the deep south - we will se a matinee on Sunday, February 8. More information to follow.
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In the spirit of equality and fairness for all who might like to serve in local government, members of the Newton Democratic City Committee voted overwhelmingly at their December General Meeting to endorse a proposed update to the Newton Charter that would change the title of Newton's legislative body from Board of Aldermen to City Council. Click here for additional details.
PROTEST MARCH ON SUNDAY:
Our 2014 Brunch honoree Reverend Howard Haywood asks us to join him in a march and silent protest of the unaccountable, unjust killings of black men and boys - as young as 12 years old - by police officers around the nation. We should all hasten to answer this call for help.
Please show support for Reverend Howard, his community and this cause by marching tomorrow, Sunday, December 7, at 4:00 pm. This march will leave from Myrtle Baptist Church (map) and will walk to West Newton Square. Bring your family, friends and signs if you agree that the tragic injustices around the country must stop.