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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bronxites Mark MLK Day With Grand Concourse March and Memorial Service


Yesterday morning, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., about 200 people took part in a "Walk for Peace" along the Grand Concourse.

The crowd, which included State Sen. Pedro Espada, Assemblyman Nelson Castro, community leaders and clergy, met in front of the Loews Paradise Theater, before walking south, several blocks, to First Union Baptist Church for a memorial service.

Inside the church, Espada, whose office helped organize the rally (and who walked behind a massive banner with his and King's faces on), took the mic to praise the civil rights leader and ask that youngsters there sign a "Resolution for Peace and Nonviolence."

Espada also spoke about how happy he was to be the first Latino majority leader in the state Senate. And he alluded to Andrew Cuomo's ongoing investigation into his healthcare network, and some of the bad press (here's an example) he's been receiving.

"People forget that Martin Luther King, at age 39 [when he died], was not heralded by the press," Espada said. "He was not deemed to be a man of the people. We must recall that as we read our daily papers and study the news of the day."

Hit play on the podcast to hear Espada's speech.

1 comment:

  1. Espada has some nerve associating himself alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    this pork barrel politician needs to be continuously exposed due to the hefty amounts of money he recieves from his non-for-profit in soundview, to include his hefty salary from the sate senate, in addition to all the other ammenities he does not pay for, to include the purchasing of numerous cars on tax payer dime.
    espada, very similar to other politicians, and society as a whole, abides one very simple rule: the Golden Rule. he who has the gold makes the rules. this man should not represent our citizens in any way whatsoever. the nerve of this pig...


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