ATLANTA — Inspiring and educating youth to choose nonviolence will be the emphasis during the observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at The King Center, said Bernice A. King, CEO.
“We will commemorate the 85th birthday anniversary of my father with an array of exciting and uplifting programs and events to encourage people everywhere to choose nonviolence, particularly young people,” King, announcing plans for the 2014 MLK observance.
The King Center’s annual MLK observance will set the stage for a momentous year for Dr. King’s legacy, including the 50th anniversary of two major historical milestones – the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize to Dr. King, a statement from The King Center said.
The Center will host discussions on nonviolence with youths in Atlanta schools and colleges as part of a 10-day celebration that culminates Jan. 20.
King said that the theme for the 2014 King holiday observance, “Remember! Celebrate! Act! King’s Legacy of Peace for Our World,” underscores the urgency of Dr. King’s challenge to people of every nation to “choose nonviolence as a way of life, as well as a method for peaceful social change. People all over the world are crying out for an end to the senseless violence that afflicts their families, communities, nations and world. Our hope is that The 2014 MLK holiday observance will help lay the foundation for a world-wide movement to begin building the beloved community of my father’s dream.”