The U.S. government threatens war while increasing numbers of Americans demand peace, and the gap between the representatives and the represented grows ever wider. An exploration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of non-violent activism could yield some important lessons in these times of political unrest. A panel discussion hosted by The Freedom Bound Center, “The Radical Side of Martin Luther King Jr.,” could shed light on King’s relevance to today’s political situation. The panel, which includes Ahjamu Umi of the All-African People Revolutionary Party, JoAnn Fuller of National Peace Action and other local activists and scholars, will explore King’s perspectives on racial tensions, peace and economic inequality. Carl Pinkston, director of The Freedom Bound Center, calls on the Sacramento community to go “deeper into the thinking and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. than the commercialization of ‘I Have a Dream.’ ” The discussion happens Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Hart Senior Center, 915 I Street. Call 448-7158 for further information.
On Monday, take your newfound wisdom to the streets for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. March. The march begins at the Oak Park Community Center at 7:30 a.m., stops at Sacramento City College at 8:30 a.m. and winds up at the state Capitol at 10:30 a.m. for a rally. Marchers are encouraged to join at any point along the route. Call 286-8600 for more information.