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Dr. Alveda King Joins King Center CEO Bernice King in Urging a ‘No Shots Fired’ for MLK Day Mandate

ATLANTA, Jan. 14, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — “What better way is there to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. than to compel people to forsake gun violence, fist violence and verbal violence for at least a day,” said Dr. Alveda King, Founder of Alveda King Ministries and Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. Her cousin Elder Bernice King is King Center CEO and daughter of Dr. MLK and wife Coretta Scott King. “I agree with Bernice that nonviolence is a key to social change, and I add that the more lasting change of hearts is connected to this effort,” said Alveda. In a recent announcement, Bernice King made an appeal to the world to forsake violence on MLK day, and indeed is calling for a 100 Days of Nonviolence Campaign. The King Center is amassing an impressive list of partners in these efforts to curtail violence, including The Atlanta Hawks. For instance, The King Center and the Atlanta Hawks professional basketball team have joined in a partnership campaign to urge high school students to “Choose Nonviolence” as a way of life and a meaningful way to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Other groups such as the musical Awspire Entertainment Group featuring ICONIC JOURNEY are adding to the effort by contributing the use of original tunes such as LET FREEDOM RING, AMERICA RECOVERS and an inspirational ballad COME TOO FAR to the lineup of artistic entertainment at several events during King Week. “It is so encouraging that my hometown Atlanta Hawks are partnering with The King Center and providing leadership to encourage young people to embrace nonviolence in commemorating the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday,” said Ms. Bernice A. King, C.E.O. of The King Center. “Professional athletes have unique credibility with young people, and when they take a stand against violence, it resonates throughout the community.”
Alveda is also excited about the Nonviolence activities, adding this: “I’ll be boots on the ground on Uncle M. L.’s actual birthday, January 15, for the Choose Nonviolence: NOW! No Other Way! events, the Launch of 100 Days of Nonviolence and will be addressing the evil impact of genocide on the panel for The State of Nonviolence: From Chaos to Community (A Dialogue on Human Trafficking). Then on Friday, I can’t wait to hear “The Message in the Music” at the Musical Tribute honoring the legacy of my uncle. I pray that thousands will join us, either by attending or at least amping up the social media efforts.”The ‘Choose Nonviolence- No Shots Fired’ campaign will challenge high school students in the Atlanta Metro Area to participate in the #CHOOSENONVIOLENCE CAMPAIGN by posting on the following social media platforms from Monday Jan. 6, 2014 — Friday Jan. 17, 2014:
•Change your social media profile to the “No Shots Fired” Logo.
•Post on Instagram (picture or video) why you believe it is important to choose nonviolence. You can post submissions on Twitter as well.
•Use the hash tags #ATLHAWKS with #CHOOSENONVIOLENCE Eligible submissions will be randomly chosen and awarded tickets to attend the Atlanta Hawks vs the Miami Heat game on Jan. 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

For more detailed information about the MLK birthday observance program, please contact Bunnie Jackson-Ransom at (404) 505-8188 or via email at bjr@fclassinc.com or call Steve Klein at sklein@thekingcenter.org.


Is this any way to honor Martin Luther King?

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Is this how we honor the visionary? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.


Why are we still asking “what would Dr. King think”?

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Dr. Martin Luther King is a civil rights icon. His sacrifice while living can not diminished and he gave his life for the cause he believed in. Today the President will address a nation from the exact spot where Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Over the past few days I have heard this question “what would Dr. King think?” Dr. King seems to have an opinion on everything: he is for gay rights, he is against gay rights, he is for Obamacare, he would vote to defund Obamacare, he would support immigtration reform, he would not support immigration rights. How could Dr. King have all of these opposing viewpoints? I’ll tell you how because he no longer has an opinion. As much as we loved Dr. King we must admit the obvious he is dead. All of these opinions being freely attributed to him are the opinions of others. True some of the others were close friends and associates of King, but they knew a young man when they were all young and now they are old men. John Lewis tells of how he was asked to tone his speech down 50 years ago. Lewis was a young man full of fire and life, and now he is over 70 years old and his opinions are now based on his life experience and over that time he has had the luxury of seeing things change that King did not. King did not have an opportunity to evolve. King was a son of the south. He was a the son of a southerner minister and he himself was also a minister. King came from a conservative background, but he could see that in order for things to change he had to do more than pray. That was the King that addressed a nation. No one knows what King would think. King lives in the history books now. His I Have a Dream speech has been co-opted by everyone and each group twists the words to serve their own agenda. So today the real question should be what are you doing rather than what would Dr. King think. Share your thoughts.

What would Martin Luther King Jr. think about us?

On Monday I got the opportunity to view the Martin Luther King Monument in Washington DC. I felt that the nation was making a valiant attempt to honor a man who sacrificed his life for civil rights, but later when viewing Facebook entries I saw people who were critical of the monument sounding off. They said what a waste that money could have been used to help the poor, but this money was raised from donations not govermental handouts. People gave because they wanted to, but the other troubling thing I saw this week was everybody saying what the slain leader would have thought about our problems. Keep in mind Dr. King has now been dead for 43 years. Alot has changed in 43 years. I saw poeple saying what he would have said about black unemployment, gay rights, women’s rights and foreign policy. Everybody had an answer, but the reality is no one knows what he would have thought or said when looking at the state of the United States circa 2011. My question to those of you old enough to remember Dr. King is do you have the same opinions that you had 40 years ago or 30, or 20, or even 10 years ago? No, you have probably evolved or changed completely. Dr. King is a figure that we have frozen in time and people make statements regarding the slain leader that are reflective of their own evolution not his.

Why is the Dr. King holiday still a source of controversy?

Dr. King’s holiday was this past Monday. This is a federal holiday, but some schools in South Carolina held classes. They said the King holiday was being used as a makeup for a snow day. Why didn’t they take a day off of the spring break or add a day at the end of the school year? Why was the solution to take King Day? Why is this day still so controversial? I was discussing this with my uncle this morning and I believe it is because too many people are alive now that still remember Dr. King, and all of those memories are not so fond. Dr. King was no saint, but he was the leader of a non-violent movement for change and that is why we honor him, but there are people currently in elected office who remember when he was called Martin Luther “Coon”. It is hard to reconcile this with the fact that this man has been honored with a national holiday.  As more and more people who lived through the movement pass on maybe the next generation can concentrate on the good deeds. There will come a day when people will no longer denigrate the day they will simply commemorate the day. That is my dream and we learned from the visionary Dr. King that big, audacious dreams do come true.

Would Dr. King Be Proud?

On this eve of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we can not help but wonder would Dr. King be proud of us? In the 40 years since his death we have made great strides as a country. Dr. King was more than a one note wonder. Too often we only remember him for the 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech. We think of him as a dreamer, but he was far more than that. He was also a political being who knew to get things done you needed the help of politicians. He sought out the kind of politician that was not only interested in his own personal gain, but those that had a heart for the people that they served. When we look at the candidates running for president do we see anyone with a heart for the people or are they all just on the ultimate ego trip?  Our world is a lot more complex than it was 40 years ago. Some things have changed, but some things are just like they were 40 years ago. When Dr. King died he was helping the striking sanitation workers in Memphis. At the time they were striking for very simple things: living wages, timely rest breaks, a place to wash up, and now 40 years later some of those same men are still working because they have no pension. Today, I think Dr. King would have mixed emotions. He would weep for joy at the progress made and cry out of frustration at what is still left to be done.