Humanity in Action The Netherlands celebrates Martin Luther King Day

January 30, 2014 | amsterdam, hia events, civil rights, mlk

Inspired by Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech, Humanity in Action Senior Fellows Bertine Manoeff, Ufuk Kahya and Cor van der Leemputten organized the second Humanity in Action celebration of Martin Luther King Day. The event took place at the debating center De Balie in Amsterdam on Sunday, January 19, with 80+ people in attendance. Different speakers took an engaged audience on a trip to their personal dream for today’s Dutch society in connection to Dr. King’s famous words spoken in 1963. 

Keynote speakers Randy Berry, American Consul General, and Kathelijne Buitenweg, former MEP and currently working at the College voor de Rechten van de Mens (Committee for Human Rights), started off by sharing their thoughts on the (lack of) implementation of King’s dream in “real life,” thereby noting that despite the progress that has been made, there is still work to be done to make Dr. King’s dream become a reality.  Critical, eye-opening and inspiring contributions of a new generation of engaged idealists and columnists gave the audience even more food for thought and challenged them to reflect upon the Dutch situation specifically. The speeches were delivered by Saeda Nourhussen (Trouw), and Zihni Ödzil (Erasmus University Rotterdam); other contributions were delivered by Karel Smouter (De Correspondent), Shirin Musa (Femmes for Freedom), and Hodan Warsame (Redmond Radio). A wide range of topics like current and past racism, refugees, the struggle for lawfulness of Muslim divorce, and the underexposure of Dutch anti-racism movements were addressed. The program was lead by Andrew Makkinga, with intermezzo’s arranged by the choir of the Gospelfabriek.


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