ATLANTA, November 23, 2015 – Today, Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont and Democratic Presidential Candidate, visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change to pay his respects at the crypt of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King. Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer of the Center and the youngest child of Dr. and Mrs. King, was on site to receive Mr. Sanders.
During his visit, Mr. Sanders had an opportunity to tour The King Center and The King National Historic District. Ms. King met with Mr. Sanders to share the importance of her father’s nonviolent philosophy and methodology, which The King Center calls Nonviolence 365. As Ms. King conveyed to Mr. Sanders, Nonviolence 365, as a philosophy and educational experience, has tremendous potential to positively impact the lives of individuals, communities, institutions, and society at large. She further encouraged Mr. Sanders to champion the importance of Nonviolence in his policymaking position as a sitting U.S. Senator and from his public platform as a candidate for the presidency of the United States.
As Dr. King shared, “…we shall have to create leaders who embody virtues we can respect, who have moral and ethical principles we can applaud...” In that vein and in its efforts to build the Beloved Community with Nonviolence 365, The King Center welcomes the visits, support and participation of those charged with shaping public policy and leading this nation and the world.