50 years after Dr. King’s death, local Quakers are on the move and in the news.

Addressing Racism, General Secretary, Videos

“Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Letter from Birmingham

Dr. King with Norval Reece, 1967

Dr. King with Norval Reece, 1967

Washington, DC – Live stream Quaker Volunteer Service’s Director of Equity and Inclusion, Oscar Castro, and PYM’s General Secretary, Christie Duncan-Tessmer as they make their remarks on the mall at 10:30 today. They are being featured at the National Council of Church’s (NCC)—Act to End Racism—a day-long event. The gospel singer/actress Yolanda Adams, the Dakota tribal leader, Louie Blue Coat, and actor Danny Glover will be speaking, along with faith leaders, the health professional, Dr. Mary I. O’Connor and the civil rights activist, DeRay McKesson. This event is a kick-off for a longer-term, national, undertaking that will tap into NCC’s network of 100,000 churches to work to bring about an end to racism.

Philadelphia, PA – A Quaker from Newtown Meeting, Norval Reece, who worked and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, will be featured on CBS between 5:00 and 6:00 PM. A video of that feature has been posted below. He will be talking about his activism with Dr. King, and about the jobs creation/economic justice planning they did several months before King was killed.