On this 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday, the persistent violence of communities around the world underscores the continued importance of Dr. King. America has had many great leaders, but Martin Luther King, Jr. remains our preeminent man of peace, the leader who challenged us to resolve our disputes nonviolently and learn to disagree without being disagreeable. If we are to honor him, we must all commit to working toward his dream of a nonviolent society.
The King Center in Atlanta is the official living memorial to the life, leadership and teachings of Dr. King, founded by his wife and partner, Coretta Scott King, family members and his closest associates in the American Civil Rights Movement. No other organization is wholly dedicated to educating people on his philosophy, principles and methods of nonviolent conflict reconciliation, or on instilling those values in the next generation.
Since The King Center was founded in 1968, thousands of young people, including at-risk youth, have learned about nonviolence through our workshops, educational curricula and immersive visitor experience. Many have described it as a transformative experience, but there is also much more that can be done today. Under the new leadership of Martin Luther King, III, the Center is working diligently to meet the challenges of the modern era, using tools like youth development, education and training, and partnerships to strengthen and expand our nonviolent mission.
As we mark the 25th anniversary of the King holiday, we’re striving to create a culture of nonviolence, rooted in communities across the nation and indeed the world. But funds are urgently needed to modernize and expand our resources, particularly to protect invaluable audio, film and video stock which is rapidly aging. The need is critical and urgent.
On this 25th anniversary of the King holiday, we appeal for your support to help empower The King Center to carry Dr. King’s legacy into the second decade of the 21st century. Your contribution to our work will be a cost-effective way to not only honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., but to help us further his work through tangible, sustainable means.
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