ATLANTA—As part of the 2016 King Holiday Observance and reflecting the organization’s mission to build the Beloved Community with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s nonviolent philosophy, Nonviolence 365, The King Center is hosting ‘The Beloved Community Talk: The Race Factor & Rights vs. Responsibilities.’ The dynamic, transforming forum will take place on Saturday, January 9, from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the Center’s Yolanda D. King Theatre for the Performing Arts, at 449 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30312.
‘Beloved Community Talks’ is a series of King Center forums and conversations to build community by reiterating the strength of Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy, with specific attention to relevant topics and social issues such as racism, human trafficking, environmental injustice, and poverty. The Race Factor will engage participants in discussions about the role that race plays in negative social constructs, and how we can prevent racial biases from deterring progress. Rights vs. Responsibilities will explore how we value of honoring our responsibilities to others and to the global community in tandem with respecting individual and collective rights.
Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center, will be speaking at the January 9th ‘Beloved Community Talk’ and encourages the community to participate in the experience, which will, as she states, “provide a space for having difficult, yet needed, conversations, with attention to deconstructing systems and issues, not on attacking people.” This type of space, Ms. King shared, “is achievable with Nonviolence 365, based on my father’s philosophy and as a way of life, and is critical if we want to build the Beloved Community that my father and my mother, Coretta Scott King, believed in and worked to realize.”
Scheduled panelists and presenters include Rev. Willie Bolden, a member of the ground crew for the civil rights campaigns led by Dr. King; Arno Michaelis, a former white supremacist group member who now shares about his reformed “Life After Hate”; Matthew Platt, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Morehouse College; Tracie Berry-McGhee, therapist, motivational speaker, author and founder of SistaKeeper; B. Mitchell King, East Regional Manager for Georgia Power, a sponsor of the experience; Nancy Lee Grahn, actress and political activist; Aidan Thomas Hornaday, a teenage speaker and musician on a mission to share the necessity and joy of giving with all ages; Brendan Lee, educator and activist for Baltimore youth; Dave Soleil, nonviolence educator and founder of the Sudbury School of Atlanta.
Seating is limited for ‘Beloved Community Talk.’ There is a $20 registration fee. Lunch will be provided. Registration link: www.bidpal.net/tkcbelovedcommunitytalk.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is a 501c3 organization established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) is the official living memorial and programmatic nonprofit organization committed to educating the world on the life, legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The King Center serves to inspire new generations to carry forward his unfinished work, strengthen causes and empower change-makers who are continuing his efforts today. The King Center’s premiere educational initiative, Nonviolence365, is based on Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and engages participants from various sectors of society, including emerging and next generation leaders, in modules and exercises that enhance communication, leadership, interpersonal and conflict reconciliation skills.