Senior Fellow Aletta de Savornin Lohman has always been interested in the major figures of the American Civil Rights Movement. She the Action Project as the perfect opportunity to expand her knowledge and offer a platform to the people she is inspired by.
Aletta was motivated to take action and spark change after she noticed a lack in progress made in the Netherlands since Dr. King’s death, and an increase in anti-black sentiment. Aletta worked with Senior Fellow Nikki Niland to organize an event called Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
This event is a tribute to the incredible work of Martin Luther King Jr. They created a space where black activists could discuss their struggles, and where everyone could learn about racism and what their role can be to fight it.
Aletta shared that they, “had a lot of help from Humanity in Action since we organized the annual event. It was mostly about arranging a venue, finding suitable speakers and properly structuring the program so we stayed on time.”
Aletta and Nikki hope that this event sparked open dialogue about what we can do as a society to continue moving forward in the fight for equality. This project is over, but the Senior Fellows are looking forward to helping organize the event in the future and watching it grow.
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