In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, we are coming together in a Toulouse park to read aloud Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech 54 years to the day after Dr. King delivered it in Washington, D.C. With this simple gesture we wish to affirm the values of peace, inclusion, brotherhood and sisterhood--and the necessity of standing up for those values--during a dark period in American governance.
At 6:30 PM on Monday we will assemble at the statue "L'envol du Phénix", which was a gift to Toulouse from its sister city Atlanta, the birthplace of Martin Luther King. It is said that the statue also represents Americans' solidarity with Toulouse after the AZF explosion in 2001. We hope that members of the Comité Toulouse-Atlanta will be present at the reading. Also present will be Maria Clemow, a member of the DA Toulouse Executive Committee, and Steven Rendall. They were both at the March on Washington in 1963 and might be persuaded to share their impressions of that day.
Please join us and read a few sentences aloud--or join in silent witness. Bring a copy of the I Have a Dream speech if you can.
The Jardins Compans-Caffarelli are at the Compans-Caffarelli metro stop on the B line. Vélo Toulouse bicycles and the Compans-Cafarelli parking garage are nearby. If you enter the park at the Boulevard Lascrosses entrance, walk for one to two minutes across the grassy area and to the left, towards the paved "Place de l'Europe" which is often used by skateboarders. Before you reach the skateboarders, you will see the phoenix statue and all of us.
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