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Trent Lott Move Impacts MLK Walk

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"In the interest of pursuing the best possible agenda for the future of our country, I will not seek to remain as Majority Leader of the United States Senate for the 108th Congress, effective January 6, 2003.

To all those who offered me their friendship, support and prayers, I will be eternally grateful. I will continue to serve the people of Mississippi in the United States Senate."

The departing words of Senator Lott will without question enter the record books of American history. But, more importantly it now gives America an opportunity to decide how that history is recorded.

The timing of which could have not been more calculated.

With January 20, 3003 set as a Federal holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the nation will now have an opportunity to voice its response to Senator Lott’s behavior.

Terry Boykins, marketing coordinator for the Riverside MLK Walk-a-thon stated, “In the interest of our nation and our communities, January 20 should be the reason and not the excuse why the streets of Riverside are filled with walkers.

It is a day on, not a day off; silence would be consent for Senator Lott’s actions. And, those removed from such effort, given the recent actions, should be carefully evaluated.”

Boykins continued by stating, “America cannot continue to wait for the accounting report. It must stand ready to audit the books of its leadership at all times. As indicated by recent corporate fraud, they that thought something wrong and did nothing about it will in the end suffer the greatest.”

Riverside African American Historical Society said its goal of celebrating its 10th Anniversary with 10,000 walkers is very realistic. “If everyone who says inclusion, diversity, and unity is the vision, then this event should have no problem whatsoever in ranking up there with all other major sponsored events held in this city.

And, being that it precedes all other events, it will be interesting to see the comparison related to the cause.” Mr. Boykins concluded.
Walk-a-thon registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt and other courtesy gifts.

Student registration is only $15. Proceeds will be used to maintain the MLK Statue at City Hall, support college scholarships for students (regardless of race), and help fund a cultural center.

Community organizations are encouraged to set up information booths offering information about their programs. Other companies and organizations are also invited to secure booth space.

The events theme will be “The Dream Is Real.” For more information contact (909) 370-2805. Or, e-mail readymail@juno.com.

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