TONIGHT in Augusta, Georgia - we again honor the ongoing lessons we can use from the late civil rights legend the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Progressive Religious Coalition of Augusta presents:
The 7th Annual Interfaith Service of Celebration: "Keeping the Dream Alive: Why Dr. King Still Matters"
Saturday,January 18, 2014
Trinity On The Hill United Methodist Church
1330 Monte Sano Avenue
Keynote Speaker: Arun Gandhi
Grandson of Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
Founder, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute
"Lessons from My Grandfather''
The Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP) is fighting to keep youth in school and out of prison IN 2013 with projects that include Youth Summits in cities across the state.
GLSP Youth Summits have been held in Albany, Columbus, Augusta, Macon, Waycross and Brunswick.
If a young man drops out of school in Georgia, there's a 70% chance he'll end up in prison, said GLSP Education Specialist Attorney Ira Foster in the GLSP Macon regional office.
Holding Youth Summits, GLSP attorneys have teamed up with partners in several Georgia communities including school representatives, district attorney’s offices, police, and youth advocates.
These adults that care – gather to talk with young people and their parents about the importance of staying in school and making good decisions about the future.
Families are also given information about their legal rights to an education, how to stay in school despite disabilities and how to get an education plan drawn up for children with disabilities.
Other important issues discussed at the summits include as teen dating violence, teen pregnancy and gang violence.
A Progressive Democrat and Political Activist in Augusta, Georgia devoted to fighting for the rights of medium and low income people, Rev. Terence Dicks honors those who have carried the Civil Rights mantle with a goal of equality and dignity.
Rev. Dicks founded a project entitled "Claiming A Street Named King" to encourage economic development on streets named for human rights leaders like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The “Claiming A Street Named King” project is featured in excellent AOL story by Huffington Post Media Group writer Stefanos Chen.
The Jan. 17, 2012 story by Mr. Chen is entitled:
Those Human Rights Leaders include late soul singer Mr.James Brown, the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his late wife Coretta Scott King, Mr. Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson, GraceLee Boggs, Cesar Chavez and many others who fight the good fight in their neighborhoods every day.
In the summer of 1999, Rev. Dicks was ordained at the St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church in Brunswick, Georgia by Rev. Zack Lyde.
Mr. Dicks serves as the PDA state of Georgia Coordinator (2008-present).
He is helping the PDA with the the Progressive Southern Strategy that is developing Progressive Candidates that support Progressive Legislation and Values - the traditional ideals of the Democratic Party.
Mr. Dicks is man hoping mankind will one day treat each other with compassion and respect the Creator's creation.
A 1980 graduate of Westside High School in Augusta whose higher learning educations has been on the streets of his hometown, having served or continues to be involved in numerous international, state and local organizations.
Terence is a longtime member (2004-present) of the Augusta Progressive Religious Coalition.
Among the many positive aspects of the coalition, Dicks developed a relationship with Mr. Omar Neal, who since Nov. 3, 2008 has been the Mayor of the amazingly historic city of Tuskegee, Alabama (Home of Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks and the Tuskegee Airmen who are featured in the 2012 George Lucas movie Red Tails directed by Anthony Hemingway and the 1995 HBO movie "The Tuskegee Airmen" directed by Robert Markowitz)
Mr. Omar Neal, who is a motivational speaker, was the keynote speaker at the 2011 Martin Luther King Day celebration organized by the Augusta Progressive Religious Coalition on Mon., Jan. 24, 2011 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta.
In 1991, Mr. Neal founded "You Got the Power" Enterprises Inc. - a "communications company that specializes in talk radio, motivational workshops, media consulting, advertising and motivational speaking."
Rev. Dicks is concerned that the Augusta City Council decided to disband the decades old Augusta Human Relations Commission.
A detailed study has been done on improving Martin Luther King Boulevard in Augusta but so far nothing has been done.
The project includes supporting efforts to repair and bring economic development to all streets and boulevards named for Dr. King around the world and expanding the effort to include parkways named for all human rights activists.
Reclaiming the streets and heritage of these civic leaders can reinvigorate “economic development and economic empowerment” in each community that honors their work.
Rev. Dicks hopes to help others “improve the condition of boulevards named after Martin Luther King, Jr. across Georgia” and the nation.
The project is supported by East Carolina University Professor and author Derek H. Alderman, who wrote "Martin Luther King, Jr. Streets in the South: A New Landscape of Memory."
“Dr. Alderman is a geographer who has helped us to work on a plan for the redevelopment of the Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards,” Dicks said.
“There was a lot of hope around those streets and what he did for me is he reminded me of why we name those streets for Martin Luther King, Jr.," he said. "We are heading into the second or third generation who doesn’t know about Dr. King and his achievements."
Author Jonathon Tilove “wrote the book that inspired me” entitled "Along Martin Luther King: Travels on Black America's Main Street.”
For nearly a decade, Terence has been a board member (2002-present) of Georgia Legal Services Program and served (2005-2010) on the organization’s Georgia Committee on Civil Justice and is on the state bar president advisory committee.
The mission of Georgia Legal Services Program is “to provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for low-income Georgians.”
Terence Dicks represents The Edge Connection with his seat on the board of the Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP).
Dicks joined the Edge Connection in 2009.
“The Edge Connection is one of my affiliations on the Georgia Legal Services Program Board of Directors,” Dicks said.
Based at Kennesaw State University's Coles Business College in central Georgia just north of Atlanta, The Edge Connection “promotes and works with micro businesses and small businesses throughout Georgia,” Dicks said.
The Edge Connection creates “opportunities for long-term economic self-sufficiency and successful entrepreneurial training for low-to-moderate income individuals,” states the nonprofit’s Twitter page bio.
The city of Augusta, Georgia has a beautiful River Walk on the Savannah River in the heart of the financial district - but so far funds have not been available to revitalize MLK Boulevard.
Too often economic seed monies go to the white neighborhoods instead of inner city areas.
The city honors Soul Singer Mr. James Brown on one end of the main street and the Confederacy on the other end.
The prestigious Masters Golf Tournament is held a few miles from homes where children go hungry.
Do you think Jesus would support those dichotomies?
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