In St. Martin, the Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF) will invite the audience to donate funds for earthquake relief in Haiti, tonight (January 15, 2010) at its 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture, CLF president Shujah Reiph says, “We are inviting all of our island’s people, all people of good will to the MLK lecture at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Spring Concordia, Marigot, starting at 8pm.” The guest speaker will be attorney-at-law Denicio Brison, who will address legal and other aspects of the 2010 theme, “Truths about Democracy.” The audience collection and all monies from books and poetry/music CDs sold at the lecture will also be donated to the Red Cross to assist survivors of the earthquake.
Reiph and Lasana M. Sekou from House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP) met on Thursday to discuss a concrete way for both foundations to contribute, in connection with the already planned lecture that honors the great compassion and universal courage of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Many people are so sad, and feeling overwhelmed about what to do. The idea on Friday is to involve folks. Let’s show our concrete support in this grave hour of need being suffered by our Caribbean brothers and sisters, by our children and the elderly in Haiti,” said Reiph.
Well known for their activism on the island, Reiph and Sekou said that the St. Martin people are already joining a regional and world community of prayers and donations. “This Friday lecture serves as another moment of unity as an island-wide community, and to give what we can to relieve human suffering from this latest natural disaster.”
“The Red Cross, Partners in Health, and Doctors without Borders, along with key Haitian NGOs and volunteer PVOs, have a tested track record of on-the-ground successes in alleviating poverty and assisting with the tough but ongoing process of human development in Haiti,” said Sekou.
For more on Partners in Health, see http://www.pih.org/inforesources/news/Haiti_Earthquake.html