Overseas Americans Remember invites you to our annual tribute and dinner in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
€15 kids to 12
For information please call the number provided above.
It may be Charlottesville and neo-Nazis chanting, “Jews will not replace us!” It may be soccer fans in Italy or Great Britain or anywhere tormenting Black players with monkey chants. It may be Dutch teenage boys on a bus to Wassenaar bent on humiliating a young girl with a hijab and causing her to get off the bus in tears.
That’s why each year, we set aside the last Sunday evening in January to remember Dr. King and to challenge ourselves and our children to work to realize his Dream. This year, as always, Reverend Harcourt Klinefelter and Lois Mothershed Pot will join us to share their thoughts and memories. Reverend Klinefelter worked for Dr. King for three years, until his death. He went down South from Yale Theological Seminary to find him and became his public relations person. He ate dinners in his kitchen and marched by his side. Lois Mothershed Pot is the sister of Thelma Mothershed, one of the Little Rock Nine. She remembers how Thelma had to be escorted by the National Guard in order to enter high school. Lois was the first Black student in her university and the first Black president of the National Christian Students Union. Seventy-five years ago during WWII, her father was in a segregated unit, fighting for the freedom he did not have. Like Reverend Klinefelter, Lois continues to work and speak about where we’ve come from and where we still have to go.
Bring your children and your friends and neighbors. There will be wonderful Jazz singers and musicians from Memphis and Chicago. An American School group will sing. Young speakers will briefly talk about what the “Dream” means to them and a representative of the US Embassy will share their thoughts.
“Let Us Break Bread Together,” and as we do, let us also remember that January 27th is Holocaust Memorial Day, a day declared by the United Nations because on that day in 1945, Auschwitz was liberated.
Dr. King warned, “The greatest crime of all is the silence of good men.” The challenge of his Dream is to always ask why and never, ever be silent. Then and only then “Shall we Overcome.”