MLK Day of Service Health & Safety Fair

Date: 01/19/2015
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Chancellor Avenue Annex
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Contact Person
BreeAnn Lippencott, Community Engagement Specialist
(908) 307-3417

Speaking before the Second National Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights in Chicago, Illinois, on March 25, 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

In 1966, just one year after the Civil Rights Act ended legal segregation, an African American had an average lifespan that was seven years shorter than the average lifespan of a white person. In the South, the average African American’s lifespan was 17 years shorter. According to the Center for Disease Control, during 1999 to 2008, both life expectancy and expected years of life free of activity limitations caused by chronic conditions were significantly greater for whites than for blacks. The systematic injustices in health care that Dr. King called “inhumane” have changed very little since 1966.

Honoring Dr. King’s legacy, Camden Street School will host a MLK Day of Service Health and Safety Fair on January 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The comprehensive fair will offer a mobile clinic, blood pressure screening, diabetes information, nutrition information, CPR training, stress reduction information, fire safety education, Affordable Care Act information, a blood drive, yoga and zumba classes, kid’s activities, and information about community health and wellness resources. The program will feature student performances honoring Dr. King, including a rendition of Dr. King’s “I have a dream speech.”

The Camden Street School family invites the entire Newark community to get healthy in 2015!

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