KING CENTER COMMEMORATES 46TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. KING WITH “CHOOSE NONVIOLENCE” INITIATIVES AND WREATH LAYING

4/4/2014

Pictured above: Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center, tells youth gathered in The King Center's Freedom Hall Auditorium at the morning session of the April 4th "Kids with King" conversation that her father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once received a "C" grade in a college speech class, and went on to become one of the greatest public speakers in history, so "no young person should get discouraged by a 'C' grade" and they should keep striving for excellence as Dr. King did, and they will succeed. The interactive "Kids with King" forum was part of the observance of the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King. Pictured on stage with Ms. King (3rd from right) are (L-R): S.C.L.C. activist Ms. Lula Williams, former president of the youth council of the Montgomery Improvement Association; Aaron Ellis and Daniel Ellis, both great grand nephews of Dr. King; Attorney Celeste Beal McFadgen, grand niece of Dr. and Mrs. King; Ms. King; Rev. Willie Bolden, a member of Dr. King's SCLC staff and program host Dennis O'Hayer, news anchor for NPR's WABE-FM Radio.

Atlanta . . . The King Center commemorates the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with two days of activities, April 3-4.

On Thursday, April 3rd from 1 to 2 pm, The King Center conducted a “Connected Classroom Google+ Hangout” on the theme “Embracing the Legacy of Dr. King: Standing Up for Justice,” featuring an inter-active panel discussion that included King Center C.E.O. Bernice A. King, and Morehouse College activist Mr. Corey Hardiman. During Spring Break, Mr. Hardiman led a group of Morehouse students to Chicago that included convening a conference to provide “hope” to young men of color. He was also recently arrested in a nonviolent ‘Moral Monday’ protest at the Georgia State Capitol. 

The program was part of The King Center’s five-year “Choose Nonviolence” Campaign, which was launched on January 15th, Dr. King’s birthday. The goal of the “Choose Nonviolence Campaign” is to educate and encourage people all over the world to embrace Dr. King’s leadership philosophy and methods of nonviolence as a lifestyle. The interactive discussion included background on why Dr. King was in Memphis on April 4, 1968, and included questions via Google+ Hangout from the 5th grade class of Green Valley Elementary School in Alabama. Google Hangouts with The King Center will take place on a regular basis throughout the year.  A video clip of the Google Hangout ‘Stand Up for Justice’ may be viewed at https://plus.google.com/events/c6q85jb50r9una6c2btiubgj2r8.

On Friday, April 4th, the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King, The King Center is again calling on a moratorium on violence for the day, by asking everyone commit to “No Shots Fired.”  This means abstaining from shots fired by the ‘tongue’ (speech), ‘fists’ (physical violence), or ‘guns’ (gun violence and media that glorifies gun violence). “This is just one of the ways we can begin to turn the tide of escalating violence in our world,” stated Bernice A. King.

Also on April 4th, Bernice A. King, joined by members of the King family and other civil rights veterans, will engage in two sessions of “Students with King,” an interactive conversation with Atlanta-area students, at 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m., in The King Center’s Freedom Hall Auditorium. Mr. Ryan Cameron of V-103’s Ryan Cameron Morning Show will serve as moderator for the afternoon session. “Students with King” is an experience provided, on a periodic basis throughout the year, to students who schedule visits to The King Center’s campus.

At 4:00 p.m., Dr. Bernice A. King, along with Dr. Christine King Farris and other members of the King family will participate in a silent wreath-laying ceremony at the crypt of Dr. King and Mrs. Coretta Scott King. They will be joined by Judy Forte, Superintendent of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, other Park Service officials, members of the Ebenezer Congregation and representatives from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).  At 5:30 p.m. there will be a final ceremony at historic Ebenezer that will conclude by placing a wreath of remembrance on the front of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King, his father and grandfather served as pastors at the approximate time that Dr. King was assassinated.

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