'Louisiana Winter' Students at MLK School in Lower Ninth Ward: Dr. King's Advocacy for a Public Works Program Highlighted.NEW ORLEANS New Orleans (ôr`lēənz –lənz, ôrlēnz`), city (2006 pop. 187,525), coextensive with Orleans parish, SE La., between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, 107 mi (172 km) by water from the river mouth; founded , Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Standing in the front of the still- closed down Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary School elementary school: see school. in New Orleans, the Louisiana Winter students, a group of 130 college students from 25 colleges, gathered to express their frustration and outrage that the MLK MLK Martin Luther King
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The event started with Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton, Associate Professor at San Jose State University, reminding the students that, "we have come to the Lower Ninth Ward to dramatize dram·a·tize
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2. the contradiction that exists between Dr. King's vision of the 'beloved community' where all people's basic needs are met, and the reality that the school that bears his name remains shut down."
Myers-Lipton stated that the Gulf Coast Civic Works project, an idea for federal legislation that would hire 100,000 local residents to rebuild their own communities, could rebuild and repair the MLK school, as well as schools that have been destroyed and damaged throughout the region by Hurricane Katrina.
Kai Stinchcombe of Stanford University, and executive director of the Roosevelt Institution, a student think tank for progressive ideas, commented that FDR's public works program built or improved 6,000 schools and 2,500 hospitals throughout the nation. He asked, "Why can't we develop a Gulf Coast Civic Works Project that does the same thing today for New Orleans For New Orleans: A Benefit For The Musicians' Village Habitat For Humanity is an American benefit double-disc CD, with tracks from Minnesota artists, and national artists. and the surrounding region?"
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Democrat, from Oakland, California, wrote a special message to the Louisiana Winter students. In her statement she commended the students, stating, "I am so impressed by your passion and your commitment to re-create the Mississippi Summer Actions of the 60's Civil Right's Movement into a modern day Louisiana Winter of our MODERN-DAY Civil Right's Movement."
Joseph Recasner, Dean of Students at the MLK elementary school, thanked the Louisiana Winter students for coming to the Lower Ninth Ward on Dr. King's birthday. He reminded the students of the social suffering that is occurring in his community, but asked the students to not lose hope. Mr. Recasner told the Louisiana Winter students that, "As we look to the future and I look at your smiling and glowing faces, representing all colors of the rainbow, this is truly what Dr. King meant when he said we walk hand and hand working and believing in a nation that promises freedom and justice."
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The Gulf Coast Civic Works Project is the national effort by students to develop federal legislation to create 100,000 jobs to rebuild the region using Gulf Coast residents.
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