Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center) has announced plans that The Center will lead the nation and the world in the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of her father’s assassination. Dr. King stated, “This year we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of my father’s violent departure from us as well as the founding of The Center by my mother.”
“The King Center takes the lead honoring my father and mother with programs intentionally designed to introduce the world to the radical Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mark the moment of my father’s assassination, reflect on the sacrifice of those in the movement for civil rights, and to learn about the vital role our founder, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, played as the architect of the King legacy.”
At the end of the commemorations and celebrations, we want the world to realize that The King Center serves as the official living memorial on the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We want the world to see The King Center as the foremost authority on Dr. King’s philosophy and methodology of Nonviolence365® (NV365)– and its application. Working collaboratively, we will provide a blueprint for the next generation to lead humanity in a revolution of values.”
On April 4th The Center will award its highest honor, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize. This year we honor two distinguished gentlemen. Mr. Benjamin Ferencz, Esq. for his courageous work as a prosecutor for the Nuremburg, Germany Nazi Leadership trials and Mr. Bryan Stevenson, Esq. for his fearless advocacy work in the legal field and his win the historic ruling making mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger unconstitutional. The award will be followed by a reception and moderated dialogue with Attorneys Ferencz and Stevenson.