Atlanta . . . King Center CEO Bernice King issued the following statement today on the tragic deaths of police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in the Brooklyn Borough of New York:
On behalf of The King Center, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the families of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were slain in New York, while performing their duties as public servants. We urge people throughout our nation and the world to join with us in seeking an end to all forms of violence, which cause so much pain and suffering. Working hand in hand, we can begin to heal the rifts that exist between us.
These rifts often result in violence, a critical issue that our nation continues to grapple with. Recent events in our largest city have underscored with painful clarity the urgent need to address this problem. As we call for a global pledge to embrace Nonviolence 365, The King Center will continue to expand our efforts to provide Nonviolence 365 education and training initiatives throughout the world. In addition to engaging participants in sessions on Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and leadership, Nonviolence 365 is a conduit for bringing police and citizens together for constructive dialogue, as we recently did in Ferguson, Missouri.
Let us remain hopeful and diligent in our pursuit of peace. As my father stated, "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." We must cultivate the belief that violence is not inevitable, and that, with a multitude of global citizens devoted to Nonviolence 365 as a lifestyle, we can realize the Beloved Community.