The King Center, in partnership with The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, The Carter Center, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Yunus Creative Lab, presented two days of events from Dec. 9-10, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Key participants joining the commemorative activities are Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Christine King Farris, Mrs. Janice Rothschild Bloomberg former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Senator Jason Carter (grandson of 2002 Nobel Peace Laureate President Jimmy Carter), Mr. James Sirleaf (son of 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) and Ms. Monica Yunus (daughter of 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Mohammad Yunus).
“It is particularly bittersweet and ironic that we are commemorating the 50th Anniversary of my father being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a time when there exists so much violence and injustice throughout our world” said Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center. “We have ongoing unrest and protests for justice in the Middle East, Egypt, Hong Kong and more importantly in our nation. I have to believe that if my father were alive he would agree with me that the time is now for us as individuals to wake up to the fact that if we continue to move in the direction in which we are headed that we will soon end up in a place of nonexistence for all of humankind. To avoid our ultimate demise as a global society, people throughout the world must begin to choose nonviolence as a lifestyle.”
At age 35, Dr. King was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize at that time. In her book, “My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Mrs. Coretta Scott King included a chapter on the events surrounding Dr. King being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and said “This was of course the greatest recognition that had come to him, but we both knew that to accomplish what the prize really implied, we still had a long way to go!”
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