Martin Luther King Jr.’s Organization Willing to Assist Occupy Atlanta

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference says that their vast experience and expertise can help the protesters develop effective strategies and realistic goals.

Posted: 11/04/2011 10:28 AM EDT
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The organization spearheaded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has agreed to work with the Occupy Atlanta movement.

 

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, whose beginnings trace back to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, has agreed to mentor, coach and consult with the upstart Occupy Atlanta Movement.

 

The African-American civil rights group argues that the Occupy movement is fighting for the rights of the underdogs in this country, just as Dr. King did.

 

 “This is just the 1968 Poor People's Campaign refashioned in the 21st century,” Rev. Willie Bolden, a former aide to Dr. King and SPLC veteran said during a spirited six-hour organization meeting this week addressing the possible cooperation between the groups. “Once again, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. These kids get it like we did back in the day.”

 

The organization hopes to use SCLC’s deep experience and expertise to help the Occupiers develop effective strategies and realistic goals. They say that they are willing to help, if Occupy Atlanta wants their instruction and input. The group has not officially confirmed any partnership, but they have agreed to a non-violence training hosted by the King Center.

 

Atlanta police evicted the Occupy Atlanta protestors from a local downtown Atlanta Park last Wednesday.

 

SCLC President Isaac Newton Farris Jr., who is also Dr. King’s nephew, helped to negotiate a temporary encampment for the group behind the King Center on Auburn Avenue.

 

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(Photo: David Goldman , AP Photo)

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