Atlanta . . . The King Center, in partnership with The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, The Carter Center, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Yunus Creative Lab, will present two days of events from Dec. 9-10, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Key participants joining the commemorative activities are Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Christine King Farris, Mrs. Janice Rothschild Bloomberg former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Senator Jason Carter (grandson of 2002 Nobel Peace Laureate President Jimmy Carter), Mr. James Sirleaf (son of 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) and Ms. Monica Yunus (daughter of 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Mohammad Yunus).
“It is particularly bittersweet and ironic that we are commemorating the 50th Anniversary of my father being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a time when there exists so much violence and injustice throughout our world” said Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center. “We have ongoing unrest and protests for justice in the Middle East, Egypt, Hong Kong and more importantly in our nation. I have to believe that if my father were alive he would agree with me that the time is now for us as individuals to wake up to the fact that if we continue to move in the direction in which we are headed that we will soon end up in a place of nonexistence for all of humankind. To avoid our ultimate demise as a global society, people throughout the world must begin to choose nonviolence as a lifestyle.”
At age 35, Dr. King was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize at that time. In her book, “My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Mrs. Coretta Scott King included a chapter on the events surrounding Dr. King being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and said “This was of course the greatest recognition that had come to him, but we both knew that to accomplish what the prize really implied, we still had a long way to go!”
A schedule of events for The King Center commemoration of the anniversary of Dr. King’s being awarded the Nobel Prize for peace follows below. Each event is Free and Open to the Public.
For more information, please call Barbara Harrison at (404) 526-8961.
Schedule of 50th Anniversary Commemorative Activities
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 ~ 6:00-8:30 pm ~The Carter Center
Presider: Mr. George Franco, Fox 5
Moderator: Ms. Brenda Wood, 11 Alive
A LOOK BACK: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS
The commemoration begins on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 with a retrospective from Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Christine King Farris and Mrs. Janice Rothschild Bloomberg who lived during the turbulent 1950s and 60s, personally knew Dr. King, and provides a first-hand account of the times in which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
A LOOK FORWARD
AN INTERGENERATIONAL CONVERSATION ON GLOBAL PEACE
There will be an intergenerational conversation between youth leaders Ms. Maya Penn, environmental entrepreneur; Mr. Corey Hardiman, a recent Morehouse graduate and community activist; and Mr. John Fleming, an AmeriCorps Member serving at South Atlanta High School andMs. Karin Ryan, Senior Advisor for Human Rights, The Carter Center and Dr. Robert Franklin, President Emeritus Morehouse College on working together towards achieving world peace.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 ~ 7:30-9:00 am ~ Nat’l Center for Civil & Human Rights
Presider: Ms. Leona Barr Davenport, CEO, Atlanta Business League
GLOBAL PEACE: THE CALL FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Members of the corporate and business community from throughout metro Atlanta are invited to join in a conversation around the importance of corporate social responsibility to our nation and world as a part of commemorating the 50th Anniversary. This will be an interactive session with keynote speaker, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich (who called for the creation of a Department of Peace), that is designed to inspire attendees to make corporate social responsibility a priority for their organization!
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 ~ 1:00-2:30 pm ~ The King Center
Moderator: Amy Glennon, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Publisher
DESCENDANTS OF NOBEL LAUREATES SYMPOSIUM
THE BELOVED COMMUNITY: FROM DREAM TO REALITY
Select descendants of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates will join with Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO, The King Center, for an interactive conversation around how we move from the “dream” to the “reality” of becoming the Beloved Community envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to Bernice A. King, participating descendants include:
v Mr. Jason Carter (grandson of 2002 Nobel Peace Laureate President Jimmy Carter)
v Mr. James Sirleaf (son of 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf)
v Ms. Monica Yunus (daughter of 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Mohammad Yunus)
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 ~ 2:30-4:00 pm ~ The King Center
National Park Service, Martin L. King, Jr. National Historic Site
GRAND OPENING EXHIBITION: 1964 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
The closing activity will be the opportunity to open a very special exhibition at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. Since 1964, the documents relating to the award nominations, notes and reports have been classified as a secret, and kept under lock and key in the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s extensive archive. For the first time, we now have access to this material. The exhibition features primary documents from the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, Coca-Cola Corporate Archives, Ebenezer Baptist Church Archival Collections, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, and Georgia State University Archival Collection