Ever wondered what an organizer does?

You'€™re not alone. Growing up, none of the adults in my life were organizers. In college, no one majors in €œ"organizing." I sometimes still struggle myself to explain to relatives at Thanksgiving or friends over coffee what I do for a living as "Eastern NC Organizer."€ And yet organizing is an incredibly important part of building grassroots power in our democracy. My hope is that through contributions to this blog I can share glimpses into the world of organizing and the issues facing Democracy North Carolina and our state. I'€™ll start by sharing about my past few days on the job!
Many here will know exactly what I mean when I say organizer, but I wrote this day of a life in an organizer more for a lay audience. I'm sure some of you can commiserate in the struggles of explaining to friends and family that organizing is a real job, and in explaining what it means. Though I've been blogging on political sites for years, this was my first go at blogging on the job. Here's another snippet:

Martin Luther King Day Rally, March, & Service

Copied from a friend's Facebook status:





Sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Branch of the NAACP


9:00 AM - Rally at Chapel Hill Peace and Justice Plaza (in front of Franklin Street Post Office)

March to First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson Street, Chapel Hill, NC

10:30 AM - Service Begins


The featured speaker at the Rally at Peace and Justice Plaza will be Chavez Ricardo Adams,

President of the UNC-Chapel Hill Chapter of the NAACP


The featured speaker at the MLK Service will be Thurman Couch, Director of Operations, Couch & Associates 


Monday, January 21, 2013 - 9:00am to 1:00pm


Peace and Justice Plaza to First Baptist Church

Documentary about the naming of Martin Luther King Boulevard

Zoiks, I only just learned about this and have apparently already missed one of today's two airings on The People's Channel.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the town of Chapel Hill will air a documentary about the renaming of Airport Rd.

Monday at noon and 7 p.m. Chapel Hillians can follow the process of how the town’s Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard came to be. The film includes the entire dedication as well as the various ceremonial activities associated with the event.

The film features speeches by former Mayor Kevin Foy, United Methodist Reverend Jill Edens, late Council Member Bill Thorpe and former president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP president Fred Battle. Their powerful words are underscored by the music of the J.R. Manley Essence of God Youth Choir and the St. Joseph Male Chorus.

The 2005 spring day highlighted by the film marked Dr. King’s 45th anniversary visit to Chapel Hill. Monday, the town will celebrate Dr. King’s birthday for the 26th time. 

Chapel Hill was one of the first communities in North Carolina to declare Martin Luther King Jr. Day a municipal holiday. 

The film will air twice on Chapel Hill TV 18. 

-  Chapel Hill To Air Film About MLK Jr. Boulevard, 01/17/11 


Monday, January 17, 2011 - 2:00pm


The Peoples Channel

Martin Luther King Day Service featuring Ben Chavis

Via e-mail from NAACP:

Dr. Ben Chavis To Keynote  The Chapel Hill—Carrboro  NAACP Annual Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Service at First Baptist Church

The  Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities will come together once again on Monday January 17, 2011 at the historic First Baptist Church on North Roberson Street,  to honor the legacy of slain Civil Rights hero and Nobel Peace Prize humanitarian, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This year’s keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Ben Chavis—long-time civil rights leader and one of the Wilmington 10  whose early-life story was masterfully woven together by Duke Professor, Dr. Tim Tyson, (a senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies and visiting professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke’s Divinity School and last year’s speaker) and published in Tyson’s best-selling book turned movie, “Blood Done Signed My Name.”  Dr. Chavis--an author, educator and global business leader—is the President of Education Online Services Corporation (EOServe Corp.), the world’s leading provider of online higher education for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across America, as well as other academic institutions of higher learning throughout the world.  Dr. Chavis is also the President, CEO and Co-Founder with Russell Simmons, of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the world’s largest coalition of hip-hop artists and recording industry executives.  In 1993 and 1994 Dr. Chavis served as the Executive Director and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and remains a life-member of the NAACP.  In 1995, Dr. Chavis was the National Director and organizer of the Million Man March.  From 1995 to 1997 Chavis was the Executive Director and CEO of the National African American Leadership Summit (NAALS).  

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday service will begin with a march and rally starting at Peace and Justice Plaza in Chapel Hill at 9:00 a.m.  The service at First Baptist Church is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.  During the service two prestigious awards will be given—the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award and the Rebecca Clark Award for Voter Registration and Civic Engagement.    This year’s theme  is “Not One Step Back: Renewing Dr. King’s Call To Conscience.” 


Monday, January 17, 2011 - 6:00am


First Baptist Church, Roberson Street, Chapel Hill

MLK Day March & Rally

Sorry for the late notice, I just found this information that the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP will be having their annual rally before the MLK service at First Baptist Church. (For the record, I have been looking for info about whether there would be a march. I wish there had been more publicity!)

The rally will start at 9 a.m. at the Franklin Street Post Office. 

That will be followed with a march down Franklin Street at 10:15 a.m.

The march will end at the First Baptist Church on North Roberson Street at 10:30 a.m. where a worship service will be held.

The theme of the rally is environmental racism.

The group is calling for liberation of the Rogers Road community where the county’s landfill has been housed for more than thirty years. 

1360 WCHL: Local MLK Day Events Planned Monday



Monday, January 19, 2009 - 4:00am


Franklin Street Post Office, Chapel Hill



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