POP in Newark on MLK Day

February 2, 2012

NEWARK — Marching from the bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln outside the old Essex County Courthouse to the golden domed seat of city government, civil rights activists took to Newark’s streets today to celebrate the birthday of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and to call for the same kind of economic justice he died fighting for.

About 125 marchers defied bone-chilling temperatures to carry signs reading, “Stop the Job Cuts” and “Bail Out the People,” along Market and Broad streets. Motorists honked their horns in support, as Lawrence Hamm, state chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress, led marchers in a boisterous call-and-response.

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