Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “The Other America”

It’s been almost 52 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Prior to his death, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “The Other America” speech to supporters participating in a celebratory “Salute to Freedom,” organized by the Local 1199 in New York City. The Local 1199 was a union consisting largely of African Americans, Puerto Ricans, and other people of color.

In his speech, Dr. King made a call to action to mobilize a multiracial movement of America’s poor. New York City was one of many stops in his travels across the country to seek possible allies for his Poor People’s Campaign. “The Other America” explores this overlooked and obscured episode of the late civil rights movement, deepening our understanding of King’s commitment to social justice and also of the long-term trajectory of the civil rights movement.

Relive this moment at A-B Tech on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. It will be hosted by Ms. Marshay Proctor-Bates, MSW, LCSW-A, an Academic Advisor and Success Coach at A-B Tech.

About A-B Tech Community College

Founded in 1959 in the heart of Asheville, A-B Tech is the largest higher education institution in Western North Carolina, serving more than 23,000 students a year in Buncombe and Madison counties. One of 58 community colleges in the NC Community College System, A-B Tech offers more than 120 degrees, diplomas and certificates, as well as a wide range of workforce training and continuing education programs.

Now celebrating its 60th year, A-B Tech includes the main Asheville campus, A-B Tech Enka (home of the A-B Tech Small Business Center and Business Incubation Program, Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast and N.C. BioNetwork), A-B Tech Madison, A-B Tech South, and A-B Tech Woodfin.

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