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Poor People's Campaign to Hold Bowling Green Rally on May 10

Margaret O'Donnell

The Poor People’s Campaign will hold a rally in Bowling Green on May 10 that will be more of a celebration than the group’s usual marches or protests at the state capitol.

But  the group will still emphasize its main concerns – poverty, environmental destruction, systemic racism and social justice.

The rally signifies the group’s return to more public events as the COVID-19 pandemic eases with widespread access to vaccinations and a lifting of some state limitations on gatherings. 

Michael Gramling, of Bowling Green, is a member of the Kentucky coordinating committee for the Poor  People’s Campaign. He expects up to 100 people to arrive from across the state and said while there is now more ability to gather safely, the event will follow social distancing and other health protocols. 

“It’ll be outdoors. It’ll be a celebration. It’s going to be a big party," said Gramling. "We’re glad that we’re still here. Glad that we’re still actively pushing for economic, social and racial justice.”

Several musicians will take part in the event, including Charles Neblett, of Russellville, a founding member of the Freedom Singers, a vocal group that became a powerful force in the Civil Rights movement. 

Others providing music for the event include Catherine Walker, Uretha Parrish and HUDOST. 

Monday's rally is at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bowling Green. It begins at 5:30 p.m. central time and is open to the public.

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