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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.


Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, the Man

Today we commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King. The other day we heard a newsman say if he had lived he would have been 83 years old, but he didn’t and sadly birthdays cease once you die. So we remember him today as the 39 year old determined preacher who helped lead a movement that changed the world. When I was looking for a picture I initially pondered posting a picture of the monument, but that makes us look at him as bigger than life and so far from us mere mortals. The picture above depicts two people in love. A man and a woman. We idolize King and in doing that we do him a disservice. He was a man with all of the same baggage we carry. I’m sure there were times he felt insecure, uncertain and even afraid, but the real strength he showed was he moved ahead in spite of these feelings. He was committed to making a change. When was the last time you committed to anything? I am not suggesting that any of us will lead a movement, but what I am saying is let’s remember King was human just like us and he did something, and frankly we can too.

From MLK to Today Presented by CNN Offered A Unique Slice of History

Today CNN gave its audience the rare opportunity to hear Martin Luther King’s speech from the March on Washington. This speech lasted for 17 short minutes and we are most familiar with the “I Have a Dream” portion of the speech. This speech solidified Dr. King as a dreamer, but he was so much more than a dreamer. This speech was about economic empowerment. When you listen to the first part of the speech you sense a righteous indignation. Dr. King was telling America that black people were being denied their civil rights.  This speech was being delivered 100 years after the revocation of slavery but the reality is that black people were still not free. King talked about how blacks in the south were denied the right to vote and black people in the north did not feel they had anything to vote for. This feeling of irrelevance still exists in some sectors of our society. The other thing that is striking is how King knew to achieve things articulated in his speech he would need a multi-racial coalition and he paid tribute to the white people that were engaged in his movement.  On this King Day I was happy to be able to watch the speech with my children. Our children truly have no concept of all it took to even get this far and this speech was an excellent teaching tool. It was great that the King estate gave CNN the rights to show it today. We have come a long way but when we look around some things have changed, but there is still work to be done. As King said America wrote a check to the black community and it came back marked insufficient funds. Well, with the election of Barack Obama we see there is still something in that “bank” and that is why we still have hope.

MLK’s Dream Did Not Include the Presidency

This year we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday and the next day we will have the honor of witnessing the swearing-in ceremony of the first African American president. America has come a long way since the March on Washington. We hear people say that Obama is the dream realized, but that is not really true. Obama’s victory does signify a major milestone for this country, but was this part of King’s dream? When King came to Washington he was extolling America to live up to its original promises.  This was a time in our country’s history where in many states African American citizens could not vote without fear of detrimental repercussions. This was a time when African American students were going to sub-standard schools. This was the era that saw George Wallace block the door to an African American student who was trying to enter the University of Alabama. Dr. King was asking for basic human rights that should have been guaranteed to all citizens. He spoke of being judged by the content of one’s character and not the color of one’s skin. So if he was demanding basic voting rights it is hard to conceive that he envisioned this day. Had Dr. King lived he would be 80 years old. As we have listened to African American citizens over the age of 70 most of them say they never thought they would see the day, and these are people who have lived 40 years longer then Dr. King.  Dr. King had the word and the dream for his generation, and now because of him we can dream even bigger.