'Choose Nonviolence' Highlights The Theme of King Week Celebration

Edited by The Atlanta Voice Staff | 1/14/2014, 3:28 p.m.
This year's King Birthday Week celebration will have a special emphasis on inspiring and educating youth to “choose nonviolence” said ...

· The MLK Jr. Annual Commemorative Service – January 20 at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary (10 am). With keynote speaker Rev. Raphael Warnock, Sr. pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a host of local and national leaders. Ministry through music includes the electrifying violinist Ken Ford.

· Ringing of Bells for Peace – The King Center and consulates representing the nations of the world will help lead the “Choose Nonviolence: Let Freedom Ring” global bell-ringing events by ringing bells at the conclusion of the Commemorative Service “to symbolically herald a new age of nonviolence.”

Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler.

Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler.

The King Center is also supporting a broad range of more than two dozen other MLK commemorative programs in partnership with diverse organizations.

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.

Ms. 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.”

All King Center events, except for the Annual Salute to Greatness Dinner, are free of charge. For more detailed information about the MLK birthday observance program, go to www.thekingcenter.org.

Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde Breakfast

Time: 10 a.m. Location : All Saints Episcopal Church located at Spring St. and North Avenue across from the North Avenue MARTA Station. (Free) For More Information please contact: MLK March Committee Office 279 Logan Street Atlanta, GA Ph: 404-614-3222.

The 40/40/project, an initiative inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King/s 40 days of peace act.

Time: 9:00AM - 5 : 00PM. Location: Butler Street Community Development Corporation 22 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Atlanta CARES will host a workshop to train youth about Dr. King’s Principles of Nonviolence during this MLK Day of Service. For more information about this workshop, please contact Brenda Coleman brendacoleman_atlantacares@yahoo.com or 770-316-3487.

King Week Holiday March & Rally

Time : 1 : 45 - 4 p . m . FREE Open to the Public Location : The March will begin Peachtree Street and Baker ( Xernona Clayton Way) Street The Rally is held on Auburn Avenue in the King National Park Area. The areas of concern are education, technology, medical, investment, transportation, housing environmental justice, job creation, conflict resolution, interfaith, cultural exchange, peace, justice, and voter registration. To participate in the March call 404-614-3233 or e-mail cleoorange@bellsouth.net.

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