Performers Sought for 2018 Dr. King Challenge in Saratoga

“The questions is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.  Will we be extremists for hate or love?”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Last year’s Dr. King Challenge charged-up Saratoga Springs and launched an amazing weekend of community gathering, sharing, and celebrating … and 2018’s event is shaping up to be stronger, bolder and even more provocative – intellectually and artistically!

The Dr. King Challenge —  an energizing evening of powerful micro-performances in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King — opens MLK Saratoga‘s annual 4-day Community Celebration … which means we need YOU, the artists and performers of the Capital District region!! Spoken word, slam poetry, rap, song, dance –  we are looking for a variety of short pieces (5 min. max) that express the critical, “in-our-face” reality
that Climate Change / Climate Justice is THE Human Rights Issue of our Time. In the
words of Hip Hop Caucus‘s Rev. Lennox Yearwood, “Racial Justice and Climate Justice is the same thing.”

We are crafting a fluid & inclusive event with clear, intentional messaging.  To that end, we welcome all submissions for consideration! Please include your name(s), contact email & cell number, title & author of work, and summary of the piece’s content/message by November 30th to:


2018 Dr. King Challenge:  Friday, January 12th, 2018, in Saratoga Springs, NY (venue TBD).
Programming Co-Chairs:  Garland Nelson & Lezlie Dana

FB:  MartinLuther King, Jr. Project of Saratoga Springs

Contact:  Lezlie Dana 518-852-3859

“… It is mostly poor people of color in the U.S. and around the globe who are feeling the impact from climate change, through increases in heat-related illnesses and deaths, rising energy costs, and of course natural disasters …”*

“The biggest target of climate change and pollution is communities of color. Polluters have been able to locate their facilities in our communities by promising jobs that never come to fruition and by lying about the deadly health impacts of their pollution.?

Reverend Lennox Yearwood,  HipHop Caucus <>

More Exploration:

Music Video:  Trouble in the Water <> –
(Common, Malik Yusef, Kumasi ft Aaron Fresh, Choklate, Laci Kay)

Music Video:  Stand Up Stand N Rock #NoDAPDL <  (Taboo)

Tears from Heaven:  Dr. King Would Want Climate Justice
(Rev, Lennox Yearwood, Huffington Post; 2009)

Mobilizing for Climate Justice with Reverend Yearwod
(57:29 min)

The Hip Hop Caucus is giving voice to the environment this election
(Project Earth; 11/16)

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