KING CENTER COMMEMORATES MLK ASSASSINATION WITH CALL FOR MORATORIUM ON VIOLENCE

3/30/2015

 

Atlanta . . . The King Center is remembering the 47th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with activities announced today by King Center CEO Bernice A. King.

On Saturday, April 4th, The King Center is calling for a moratorium on all forms of violence, with ‘No Shots Fired.’  “On that day,” said Ms. King, “we are asking that people abstain from shots fired by: 1. Tongue -- speech; 2. Fists and physical violence; and 3. Guns - gun violence and media glorification of gun violence; 

“If we can make April 4th a day of meditation and action to prevent physical and spiritual violence in our homes, communities and nations,” Ms. King continued, “We will be able to honor my father’s legacy in a way that serves the cause of nonviolent change, for which he gave his life.”

Ms. King also announced that The King Center will remember the assassination of her father by convening a forum, “A Moratorium on Violence: It Starts with Me!” on Saturday, April 4, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in The Center’s Freedom Hall Auditorium.  The forum will include thought-provoking videos and a facilitated, interactive discussion with diverse participants addressing our rights versus our responsibility to the Beloved Community.  Rights that we will be discussing include: “A Right to Freedom of Speech,” “A Right to Bear Arms,” “A Right to Profit” and “A Duty to Serve and Protect” in the case of law enforcement. 

Following the forum, at 4:00 p.m., Ms. King, other members of the King family, along with representatives of the National Park Service, will participate in a silent wreath-laying ceremony at the crypt of Dr. King and Mrs. Coretta Scott King. 

At 5:30 p.m. Ms. King will join with Judy Forte, Superintendent of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, other Park Service officials and members of the Ebenezer Congregation for another ceremony, placing a wreath of remembrance on the front of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King served as co-pastor with his father from 1960-1968.

For more information, please call (404) 526-8944.

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