King Center asks all Americans to celebrate MLK day by ceasing to use violence
Being chosen to ring the bells of non-violence on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in the March on Washington was a memory that few who were honored to participate will ever forget. However, this Martin Luther King Day, the Martin Luther King Center is taking the symbolic act one step further. The King Center is asking all Americans to stop using violence.
The King Center is calling on individuals, schools and organizations across America and throughout the world to celebrate the MLK holiday by holding a “Let Freedom Ring: Choose Nonviolence” bell-ringing event as part of your annual commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday at a time of your choosing on the holiday. The King Center is also urging people everywhere to honor Dr. King by making the MLK holiday a day of ‘No Shots Fired,’ including a moratorium on violence, particularly these three forms of violence:
· Tongue: Abstain from violence in your speech and spirit.
· Fists: Abstain from all forms of physical violence
· Guns: Abstain from gun violence in reality, as well as in the media -- movies, TV, music and video games
In addition, The King Center encourages communities to study, teach, practice and promote nonviolence as a way of life. The King Center is providing a registration form for MLK holiday bell-ringing events and creative nonviolent projects on our website at:http://www.thekingcenter.org/mlk-holiday-let-freedom-ring-choose-nonviol.... We urge all participating groups and individuals to let us know about your “Let Freedom Ring: Choose Nonviolence” event, so we can share the information globally on our web page.
The King Center is providing thirteen ways to help every American man, woman, and child remain violence free. Here are just a few suggestions for practicing nonviolence, following your bell-ringing event. The King Center encourages communities to develop other creative nonviolent projects to commemorate the MLK holiday:
1. Engage someone you are struggling with in dialogue
2. Befriend someone of a different race, religion, nation or culture
3. Start a discussion group about violence in your community, nation or world
4. Teach a group of young people about nonviolence
5. Protest against violent media and urge others to do the same
6. Write to a sponsor of violent media asking them to invest in nonviolent entertainment
7. Start a collection of quotes about the power of nonviolence
8. Read a book or article or watch a film about nonviolence
9. Create a collage or other art project that advocates nonviolence
10. Write an essay for media urging peaceful resolution of a conflict
11. Mentor a young person who has experienced abuse
12. Collect canned goods or clothing for a shelter for victims of family violence
13. Donate a books by Dr. King to a local incarceration center
Dr. King said never use violence. He refused to use violence. His followers refused to use violence.
“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the worlds of that old Negro spiritual, Free at Last! Free at Last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Dr. Martin Luther King was born on January 15, 1929.