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By Britt L
Although his actual birthday landed on Wednesday of last week, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is nationally celebrated today, January 20. Whether you’re gathering around an entertainment system to watch King, the 1978 mini-series or Our Friend, Martin with your children, today is the day to remember and appreciate the man who gave so much of his life in an attempt to make the world a better place for our future children.
Despite how we celebrate, the immediate family of the late civil rights icon wants to send a message to everyone across the land, asking that there be no violence or guns on the streets on this landmark holiday.
Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of King and CEO of the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, is asking for “no shots fired” and that churches ring their bells in support of non-violence.
In an interview with Reuters, Dr. King explains that her father’s message of non-violence is more relevant today than it was 10 years ago on account of excessive violence in the media and YouTube’s promotion of fighting and bullying via videotape and school shootings.
“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,” exclaimed King.
To help spread the message of non-violence, the Atlanta branch of the NAACP is conducting a gun buyback program to help retrieve as many weapons as they can off the streets.
Along with the gun buyback program, lawmakers in Dr. King’s home of Atlanta, Georgia are writing a bill to have a statue of the late civil rights leader placed on the steps of the Georgia Capitol.
If the bill is passed, a sculpture of the leader, who was assassinated in 1968, will replace the statue of the late Senator Thomas Watson, who’s allegedly known for racist and anti-Semitic views.
May the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rest in peace. We will forever celebrate your memory and be grateful for your contributions of peace and love to our world.