#ONLINEPRTEST for Social Justice: a 7-day Nonviolent Livestream Initiative
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.
ABOUT THE KING CENTER
Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. The King Center is a 501(c)3. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy. https://thekingcenter.org
ABOUT REV. BERNICE A. KING
Bernice A. King (Be A King) is the Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, which was founded by her mother, in 1968. She was appointed to this position in January 2012 by the Board of Trustees. Nationally and internationally known as one of the most powerful, motivating and life-changing orators and speakers on the circuit today, Bernice leaves her audiences speechless and challenges people to RAISE THE STANDARD. Born the youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice began her oratorical journey when she spoke in her mother’s stead at the United Nations at age 17. Over the years, she has had the occasion to speak in such places as the steps of The Lincoln Memorial, The White House, major corporations and universities, and in places throughout the world including South Africa, Germany, and New Zealand to name a few.