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27th Annual Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration in Attleboro

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1. 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration

During the summer of 1964, thousands of Civil Rights activists, many of them white college students from the North, descended on Mississippi with the goal to register as many African Americans voters as possible. Mississippi had historically excluded African Americans from voting by the use of poll taxes, literacy tests, fear, and intimidation. 


This highly publicized voter registration campaign is known as Freedom Summer.

During the campaign, black and white students struggled, at times, to work together and all faced constant threats and harassment—with some volunteers losing their lives for the cause.  The summer’s most notorious case of violence was the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.  Despite the obstacles and loses, the campaign left a positive legacy—it paved the way for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and galvanized national support for the Civil Rights Movement.


To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and to pass on the enduring legacy of youth activism during the Civil Rights Movement, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee of Greater Attleboro will examine the role of youth during the Civil Rights Movement and explore Kingian principles of nonviolence during its 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebration, which will kick off with a Nonviolence Training workshop on Saturday, January 18.  The program theme is “Youth Activism: Moving Our Communities from Violence to Nonviolence.”

The Nonviolence Training workshop, which is focused on youth violence, will be held at the Attleboro YMCA, Pleasant Street Branch, 537 Pleasant Street, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

During the one-hour, hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to resolve conflict without violence by using Dr. King’s principles of nonviolence. The workshop, led by the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence, Providence, RI, is free and open to youth, parents, and community leaders.



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5. This Week's Weather

  • Tonight Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 27. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
  • M.L.King Day Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Southwest wind 8 to 11 mph.
  • Monday Night A slight chance of snow showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. West wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Tuesday A slight chance of snow showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19. North wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Tuesday Night A slight chance of snow showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. North wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 14.
  • Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 7.
  • Thursday A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 22. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Thursday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 23.
  • Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.
  • Saturday A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Saturday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
  • Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 29.




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