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King Center CEO and Soror Bernice King announced a youth violence prevention initiatives with the Centers for Disease Control and The Carter Center on the anniversary of her father’s untimely death.
King, who championed nonviolent social change and racial and economic equality, was fatally shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968. King’s death was being observed this past Wednesday around the country..
“Stop neighborhood killing,” Reverend Jesse Jackson said in a Politico article. “Stop the violence. Stop suspending our children from schools. Stop the violence. Love each other. Stop banks from foreclosing our houses. Stop the violence. Keep hope alive.”
Seeing violence as an evolving issue on any level, Soror Bernice King introduces an idea to help combat the root of this problem.
Bernice King said the King Center will use its resources to promote community awareness, action and mobilization.
She said the King Center will work with the federal CDC to build its capacity to take a leadership role on youth violence prevention and key health problems affecting minorities and poor communities.
Among the health issues the partnership will address are the prevention of HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer prevention, environmental health issues, birth defects and developmental disabilities such as sickle cell anemia.
The partnership will also focus on the nonviolent conflict resolution that King championed during his lifetime. The King Center plans to sponsor forums, health fairs and other initiatives around these issues.
Soror King’s brother, Martin Luther King, III also introduced an anti-violence initiative as well. To read more about the programs, please click here.