Martin Luther King Jr’s leadership in the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement was not limited to advocacy for the rights of African-Americans. His anti-oppression work also encompassed many social, class, and ethnic groups including advocacy for the desegregation of Native Americans. In fact, according to nativepartnership.org, MLK inspired much of the modern-day advocacy for Native rights, including water rights and tribal sovereignty.
Unfortunately, because the calculated genocide of Native American people (from 100% to 1.7% of the US population) and other ongoing factors, their political struggles and identities as an urban people are far less familiar than they should be even among other black and brown justice seekers.
On MLK Day 2020, join The Brown Bike Girl to kick off the year with a ride to the Urban Indian exhibit in Harlem – to better understand the people, their contemporary issues, and discover the political intersections of the first people to endure the supremacist practices of European colonization of America that we still fight against today.
***** D E T A I L S *****
The Brown Bike Girl leaves ON TIME. Arrive 15 minutes early for waivers and instructions. We will not wait in the cold – Because cold.
Depart 10:00AM – 1 Bowling Green (Bowling Green Plaza)
Arrive 11:30 AM – Museum of the City of NY: Urban Indian exhibit
Upon arrival we will set a time to regroup and chat together at museum cafe. Lunch ($) on your own.
Helmet required. Bring lock.
* * * COST * * * *
The Brown Bike Girl monthly rides are free. Museum is a pay-what you-wish / suggested donation of $20. I suggest at least $5, if you have it. Lunch is on your own.
If you cannot afford a donation for the museum or need to borrow a limited Citibike, please contact The Brown Bike Girl in advance.
* * * * PACE * * * *
The Brown Bike Girl doesn’t leave anyone behind, but also… Be considerate about other people experience and whether you can keep up (or are willing to try to keep a reasonable pace of about 10-12 mph.
****** DRESSING FOR COLD WEATHER ******
A sweat wicking workout shirt
+ Warm layers sweaters/ shirts
+ Windproof outer jacket
AVOID COTTON!! WOOL & SYNTHETICS ARE BEST
Windproof Gloves – Make sure you can move your fingers.
Ear warmers (muffed dont fit under helmets)
Bandana for your face.
Tip: Bringing backpack with extra layers to add or store away can be helpful