Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center today announced plans for the 2014 observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a special emphasis on inspiring and educating youth to ‘Choose Nonviolence.’

“We will commemorate the 85th birthday anniversary of my father with an array of exciting and uplifting programs and events to encourage people everywhere to choose nonviolence, particularly young people,” said Ms. King, announcing plans for the 2014 MLK observance. Ms. King said that the “Choose Nonviolence” challenge will permeate The King Center’s multifaceted 10-day program.

More than 1,500 students from greater Atlanta elementary, middle and high schools will converge on the King Center’s campus for an interactive and engaging dialogue between the students and members of the King family from Monday January 13thru Thursday January 16. Students will explore practical ways to prevent violence, resolve conflicts and make a difference for the better. The dialogues will be moderated by a stellar group of local media anchors and personalities, including: Russ Spencer (Fox5-TV); Jovita Moore and Sophia Choi (WSB-TV); Lorraine Jacques-White (WAOK Radio); Mara Davis (WABE 90.1 Radio); Derrick Boazman (1380 WAOK Radio); Donna Lowry (WXIA-TV); Darian “Big Tigger” (V-103 Radio); Craig Bell (CBS Atlanta) and Ebony Steele (Dish Nation/Rickey SmileyMorning Show), and others.

On Wednesday, January 15, (6-9 pm), The King Center, will convene a discussion entitled From Chaos to Community (A Dialogue on Human Trafficking) at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary. Moderated by Mo Ivory, panelists include:  Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Coppedge; Sheryl DeLuca Johnson, executive director of Street GRACE, an alliance of churches dedicated to the eradication of the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Atlanta; trafficking abolitionist/author Rachel Lloyd; Neal Irvin, Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape, and others.

There will also be a ‘Choose Nonviolence: Nonviolence or Nonexistence Discussion,’ on Thursday, January 16, at the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy. The featured panelists include SCLC veteran activist Rev. Willie Bolden; financial literacy champion John Hope Bryant; Alayna Eagle Shield of the Standing Rock Reservation; Chicago’s ‘Violence Interrupter’ Ameena Matthews and others.

View all the events online below or on the King Center website here.

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