Today in 1983: A bill designating a federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to be observed on the third Monday of January, was signed by President Ronald Reagan.
King was born in Atlanta in 1929, the son of a Baptist minister. He received a doctorate degree in theology and in 1955 organized the first major protest of the civil rights movement: the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott. Influenced by Mohandas Gandhi, he advocated nonviolent civil disobedience of the laws that enforced racial segregation.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, Absolutely Art and Café Zoma will host a reception for the works of the NorthSide Artists Group. Enjoy an evening of inspiring artwork and meet the artists, with live music by Michelle DuVall, and catering by Bunky’s Café. The art will be displayed through November. The reception is tonight from 5 to 9pm at 2322 Atwood Avenue. For more info, call 249-9100 or visit absolutelyartllc.com.
Tomorrow night, the School for Workers and the South Central Federation of Labor present: “Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Project”, a historical documentary, which examines the system put in place from 1942 to 1964 to recruit Mexican farm laborers for temporary work in the US. After the screening, Armando Ibarra, a researcher for the film and faculty with the School for Workers, will lead a discussion on the film, voter protection, labor and immigration rights. This is Saturday at 7 p.m at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 South Park Street. More info at 262-2112 or email email@example.com.
The Alliance for Animals has volunteer opportunities to help animals. These include tabling at the Farmer’s Market, distributing pro-animal literature or joining the antivivisection Committee. For details visit allanimals.org or call 257-6333.
The Insurgent Radio Kiosk is a five minute pre-recorded segment featuring a commentary, this-day-in-history, and a calendar of daily events. Events must be low cost or non-profit and of interest to people in and around the WORT listening area and where other media might not highlight. Email announcements at least one week before the event to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, November 4th at 8 p.m. visiting Haitian band 2 Rasin will play a concert of their folk-fusion-roots style music at the Cardinal Bar, located at 418 East Wilson Street. The concert will benefit the band’s U.S. tour as well as Haiti Allies, a local nonprofit focused on literacy, education, food for children, job creation and leadership building in Haiti. Concerts are offered on a free-will basis, and donations are encouraged.