Dr. James Peterson welcomes Philadelphia-based community organizer Leslie MacFadyen, one of the activists behind the local and national Reclaim the Dream movement.

 

You may have seen #RECLAIMTHEDREAM and #RECLAIMMLK popping up in your Twitter feed or your Facebook account. This year, nationwide marches are planned to reshape what has become a day of service into a day of social activism.

Leslie MacFadyen wants to change the way that the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday is celebrated. Instead of focusing on service projects and volunteer work, MacFadyen, and other activists across the country, hope that the holiday will become a day of  protest for social justice. This Monday a coalition of religious and community groups will commemorate Dr. King's birthday with an MLK Day of Action, Resistance & Empowerment (D.A.R.E.).

MacFadyen says she finds the day of service concept "offensive" to Dr. King's legacy. "While he did promote service in our communities, he was a man of action," says MacFayden.

MacFadyen is an activist and creator of the Ferguson National Response Network tumblr and podcast.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m. protestors will gather at School District of Philadelphia headquarters at 440 N. Broad St., march to the statue of Frank Rizzo and continue on to City Hall.

Similar marches will take place across the country, including a march in Washington, D.C., that will culminate at the White House.