ATLANTA- Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has announced the launch of a nationwide online protest for swift justice and urgent change. Under the hashtag #OnlineProtest, people of all races across America will join forces to protest the horrific, brutal & senseless murder of George Floyd by law enforcement. For the next 7 days, starting Tuesday June 2, join us at 7pm Eastern at: thekingcenter.org/onlineprotest for nonviolent action to drive real, tangible change in our society.
WHY: The ongoing protests in major cities are not accessible to all who share our outrage and desire for change. People with high risk COVID-19 factors, or those quarantining to protect loved ones, or those simply far away from major cities, to name just a few, have been unable to lend their voices.
HOW: “We wanted to organize the #OnlineProtest to give everybody, everywhere a daily tangible way to contribute in the fight against systemic racism that plagues this nation,” says Dr. King. Every day, #OnlineProtest will feature new speakers and announce a new specific initiative to rally behind, so that George Floyd’s life does not become just another statistic.
“On the eve of the #OnlineProtest, I think about George Floyd’s 6 year old daughter. I was 5 years old when my father was killed senselessly by law enforcement. I know that pain, I know that void, I know the journey of anger, I know what people are feeling. I feel it. Fortunately, I grew up in a household of nonviolence, and I subscribe to it as the ultimate solution to the way forward. We can’t do it any other way. With the #OnlineProtest, we will leverage technology to organize in a nonviolent way for a better future.”
– Rev. Bernice A. King, CEO, The King Center
WHEN: Launching June 2 @7:00pm EST, and happening daily for 7 days until June 8 @ 7:00pm EST
HOW: To access the livestream of the daily #OnlineProtest, go to the following link a few minutes before 7pm on June 2-8: https://thekingcenter.org/onlineprotest Join us! Also invite your friends and community, and spread the word with the hashtag #OnlineProtest
WHO: The King Center, Rev. Bernice A. King and a group of social activists and social leaders.