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Hoboken PeaceJam Group Recreates Civil Rights March for MLK Day
Posted 1/13/2012 at 1:45 PM by Kate C in Project News
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Hoboken PeaceJam Group was one of the schools in New Jersey that recreated the Civil Rights March for their MLK Day project.

Published: Friday, January 13, 2012
By Summer Dawn Hortillosa / The Jersey Journal

Students from four Hoboken schools marched down Washington Street to City Hall today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Around 200 kids from Hoboken Charter School, All Saints Academy, Stevens Cooperative School and Elysian Charter School carried handmade signs advocating for diverse issues like gay marriage, peace, college education for all and smoking cessation in the 14th annual March Down Washington Street, a recreation of the original 1963 march.

Educators like Hoboken Charter School's S. K. Duff, who coordinated the event, and Denise Bailey, who created a game called Diversity Works which incorporates information from over 60 cultures, spoke to the children about King's legacy.

The crowd erupted in applause when Duff said, “Like the great civil rights leader said, 'Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.'"

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer also spoke at the event and agreed with Duff and Bailey, who noted that there is still much work to be done.

She too quoted King. "'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,'" she said.

On Martin Luther King Day itself, the kids, along with parents and faculty members, will be volunteering at local soup kitchens, shelters and churches in a Day of Service - "a day on, not a day off."

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Dawn E wrote:
Great work -- and keep it up!
posted 1/13/2012 at 2:42 PM
Brett E wrote:
that's inspiring stuff =)
posted 1/18/2012 at 7:37 AM
Dawn E wrote:
I love this photo, too~
posted 1/22/2012 at 8:18 AM
Alison W wrote:
What an inspiration! The photo gave me chills :)
posted 3/6/2012 at 9:34 AM
Elizabeth H wrote:
Wow! Awesome turn out! This is very cool
posted 3/9/2012 at 9:44 AM
Sara R wrote:
Awesome recreation! And almost 50 years later people are still marching for the same fundamental principles of justice and equality. Really makes you think.
posted 3/12/2012 at 12:41 PM