MLK Day rally for educational equality
Today, the observance of Martin Luther King's birthday and the eve of the historic inauguration of the nation's first black president, a group of political and educational heavyweights will try to bring attention to the distance yet to travel. Dr. Alonso will join a rally in Washington today organized by the Educational Equality Project, founded by New York City Chancellor Joel Klein and the Rev. Al Sharpton. "We cannot ignore the achievement gap and the work that remains to fulfill Dr. King’s dream," says a press release from the group, which says it "considers fixing the nation’s schools to be the critical civil rights challenge of our time."
Among those scheduled to attend the rally: Martin Luther King III, John McCain, Margaret Spellings, Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee and the mayors of Newark and Philadelphia. It will be held at 12:30 at Cardozo High School in D.C.