Atlanta, GA—As part of the 2015 King Holiday Observance, The King Center will hold a conference on the “Race Factor” on Saturday, January 10, from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, in the Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Assembly Room, located at 101 Jackson Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30312.  The conference participants will feature diverse cadre of participants, including  former and current law enforcement officers, a gang member, a former member of the Aryan Brotherhood, student activists and a Ph.D. candidate in Auburn University Department of History.   

The King Center will host what is being billed as a “candid conversation” about the current state of race relations in the United States.  “Unfortunately,” said King Center CEO, Dr. Bernice A. King, “race was woven into the American fabric long before its founding as a justification for the systematic and perpetual oppression of people of darker hues.”  As part of the conference on race, several plenary discussions, entitled “What is the Beloved Community,” “The Race Factor: Criminal Justice & Policing Practices,” The Race Factor: The Truths, The Lies and the Myths” will present viewpoints from both black and white panelists relative to how racism impacts the United States and why the country and the world should discount skin color when evaluating their cohabitants of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as the “World House.”  There will also be several additional presentations by noted educators and spoken word artists. 

The conference is free and open to the public.  A continental breakfast will be provided from 9:30-10:00 am.  Lunch will be also be provided. 

For more information, please call (404) 526-8961.