Statement from Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center on the Orlando Tragedy


"I have experienced the heartbreak of losing loved ones to hate and gun violence; and so, I mourn on a deep level with those who grieve for Orlando. I am praying for those who are injured, that they are healed both physically, and emotionally. My thoughts and prayers are also with the families and loved ones of the deceased. I extend my love to all of those affected by hate, terrorism and violence in Orlando and around the world.

In the wake of such inhumanity, devastation, and pain, I am reminded of these words from my father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 'When evil men plot good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love.' It is incumbent upon us, now more than ever, that we embrace love instead of hate and find humane ways to coexist in this world despite our differences.  Once again, Dr. King's words ring true, 'We still have a choice today:  nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.'  Through the work of the King Center we encourage everyone to choose Nonviolence365."