Family Of Martin Luther King, Jr. Calls For “No Shots Fired” And No Violence On Holiday

January 20, 2014  |  

What do you have planned today to appreciate the life and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? Whether you’re watching some films about him, visiting his monument in the National Mall in D.C., reading about him, or taking in his words, whatever you do, the family of the late civil rights icon, who was assassinated in 1968, ask that you keep it peaceful.

In honor of Dr. King’s holiday on today, Dr. Bernice King, his daughter (who is the CEO of the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta), is asking for a “no shots fired” day and that churches ring their bells in support of non-violence. Bernice tells Reuters that her father’s message of nonviolence is more necessary today than it was years ago with all the school shootings, violence in media, YouTube videos of young people fighting, bullying and more:

“America has an enormous appetite for violence. I don’t know why we have such an affinity for that, but I do know it has to stop.”

To help with this message of non-violence, the Atlanta branch of the NAACP is doing a gun buyback program today to help get as many weapons as they can off of the streets.

In addition to this, to help honor Dr. King’s memory in Georgia, where he was born, lawmakers in the state put together a bill to have a new statue placed on the steps of the Georgia Capitol of the civil rights leader, and have it replace a statue that was moved of the late Senator Thomas Watson, reportedly known for racist, and anti-Semitic views.

Many big moves are being made to honor the life of an amazing man, and he definitely deserves it.

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