Bernice A. King, the chief executive officer of the King Center, was the keynote speaker for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Born the youngest daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, Bernice King began her oratorical journey when she spoke in her mother’s stead at the United Nations at age 17. Through her work at the King Center, she has continued to educate youth and others about the Kingian nonviolence principles, a philosophy and methodology that provides the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary for people to pursue peaceful strategies for solving personal and community problems.
“We are so fortunate to have the distinguished Dr. Bernice King to speak at the university’s annual Martin Luther King event honoring the incredible legacy of her father,” said Kent Guion, UNCW chief diversity officer. “She shares the critical messages of community, mentorship and remaining steadfast to advancing the rights of humankind. It’s through the work of several community partners that we are able to share her talents and timely messages.”
The university partnered with the City of Wilmington to host the event.
“It is an awesome opportunity for the City of Wilmington, especially our youth,” said Atiba Johnson, chairman of the city’s Commission on African American History. “The commission is very appreciative of the opportunity to work with UNCW and hope all will support this event and the many events planned in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.”
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Presidential Style was honored to be in the mist of Bernice King on January 22, 2016 to celebrate the legacy of her father Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at UNCW in Wilmington NC. She talked about how her father started an amazing movement that had a major mark on our lives and history. She honors him for that, but she honors her mother just as much for keeping her fathers legacy alive after he passed away.
“Violence is the language of the unheard and people are trying to be heard because they are hungry. The 62 richest people have as much wealth as half the world.”
She said that we need leaders to carry out the agenda that was left for us in an nonviolent way. She goes on to say if we are going to survive as a nation, community, as people we need unconditional love. Unconditional love is needed so we don’t become the wild wild west with all the shootings and how the laws are changing with guns.
She goes on to speak about how we have to make some sacrifices for the betterment of ALL people because all lives matter. The issue today is we need to build equality to bring that to pass. Her father challenged us to learn the Globe Identities Classicism, Militarism. and Racism. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left us the blueprint that we are going to have to refer back to. Which is much more in-depth than his I Have A Dream speech. He was truly a man before his time because what he talked about than we are going through now.
Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at theLorraine Motelin Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers’ strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital. He was 39 years old.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. next stop was supposed to be Wilmington NC .