“We occupy Wall Street, we occupy the dream, and we occupy the future for our children.” - Former head of the NAACP, Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr.
Occupy The Dream achieves its impetus from combining the messages of Occupy Wall Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I love the solidarity between the two organizations as this unification strengthens the cause and the message that must be heard.
An important step in the unification strategy between Occupy Wall Street and Occupy The Dream took place in New York City on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 83rd birthday.
Several hundred people packed into the historic Riverside Church in the Morningside Heights section of New York City on Sunday night, January 15, 2012 for an Occupy Wall Street vigil honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event featured performances by Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Stephan Said, Global Block, and St. Christopher’s Gospel Choir, among others. Russell Simmons, civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. and Sumumba Sobukwe addressed the crowd.
A powerful moment occurred when Patti Smith took the pulpit and brought tears to the hearts with her moving presentation of solidarity. She poetically combines her poetic song Peaceable Kingdom with People Have The Power then meshes this with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words.
The Occupy movement has gained new momentum. Never doubt for a minute that people have the power because we do!
- OWS Prepares to Occupy Martin Luther King Jr. Day (dailyfinance.com)
- New Yorkers honor Martin Luther King Jr. with community service projects … – New York Daily News (nydailynews.com)
- Black Churches to Energize Occupy (the2012scenario.com)
- Occupy Wall Street Protesters Hold Candlelight Vigil For Martin Luther King Jr. In New York (huffingtonpost.com)