The Civil Rights movement is merging their forces with the Occupy Wall Street movement, forming the ‘Occupy the Dream’ mantra. The movement is being headed by former National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) president, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., will be an organization to mobilize Americans around the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who sought to wage war on poverty, unemployment and economic injustice. The group’s first major event, a march, is scheduled to take place on January 16, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
They will “Occupy the Federal Reserve,” in multiple cities nationwide, focusing attention on the gross injustice visited upon the 99% by the financial elite. The group is asking people to leave crutches and other prosthetic devices at the various Federal Reserve offices around the country to show how financial institutions are crippling residents and the economy. This will be the first of many actions leading up to a mass gathering in Washington D.C., to be held April 4 – 7, when millions will unite in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr King.
Chavis held a news conference in December at the National Press Club in D.C. where he announced that leaders from the African-American community, clergy, business owners, entertainers and professional athletes.
The Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison-Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, and former national director of the NAACP’s Youth and College division said, “I think it’s appropriate for the black church, the black community, and the civil rights family to join hand in hand with what ‘Occupy’ is doing.”
The Occupy movement was started by white organizers and largely made up of whites. But some African Americans have lent their support.