Let us not forget the eruptions of violence in Paris, Hong Kong, the Middle East and the Ukraine.The mass slaughtering, as well as the kidnapping of girls and young women in Nigeria have remained unsolved.
“At the end of the day, the Donald Trumps come and go,” Bernice King said.
But, she added “we still have to find a way to create” what her father called “the beloved community.” Trump won fewer than 1 out of 10 votes from black Americans in November, and the president-elect’s continued struggle to connect with the black community was on full display Monday beyond Bernice King’s remarks.
Trump retorted on Twitter that Lewis is “all talk” and said his Atlanta-based district is “falling apart” and “crime infested.” “Anybody who suggests that John Lewis is all talk and no action needs a lesson in American history,” Warnock said Monday from his pulpit, drawing a standing ovation.
As a young man, Lewis was arrested many times and beaten by authorities as he demonstrated for civil and voting rights for black Americans.
To be sure, African Americans and people of color have more avenues to equal opportunity, and millions have achieved middle-class living standards, though millions more still languish in poverty and deprivation as a result of racial discrimination and injustice.
With these challenges in mind, The King Center will commemorate the 30th Martin Luther King, Jr.
The King Center has assisted many of the nonviolent protesters, and stands ready to continue our support in their efforts to make the nation and world more habitable for people of all hues.
We will also maintain our commitment to challenge the youth who are persuaded by more radical philosophies to emulate the peaceful methods that were used by activists of the same ilk as Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer and Amelia Boynton.
Also, the death toll caused by wars, poverty and the ecological footprint throughout the world are grim, global reminders that the World House that my father so often spoke about cannot stand if its inhabitants fail to embrace nonviolence as lifestyle.