The King Center in Atlanta will honor Morris Dees, Co-Founder of The Southern Poverty Law Center, on April 4, 2016, in the Yolanda D. King Theatre for the Performing Arts on 449 Auburn Avenue at 11 am. The event is free and open to the public.
“The King Center and the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i’s of Atlanta cordially invite you to join us for the awarding of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize to Dr. Morris Dees, Co-Founder of The Southern Poverty Law Center. The Nonviolent Peace Prize is the highest award given by The King Center.”
The King Center serves the nation and the world in keeping the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., alive and well. Millions of school children in America are taught the principles of nonviolence and racial harmony because of the vision of the King family in building and maintaining a center that holds valuable programs and stores the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Having taught the life and legacy of Dr. King for over 40 years, the present journalist understands that his life and teachings can make a difference in a violent world where human life no longer holds value to terrorists who murder thousands of people without blinking an eye. The world needs the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr., more than ever.
On April 4, 1968 Dr. King gave his life for his beliefs and his principles. He died fighting for the poor. His death did not stop his work because his great wife, Coretta Scott King, and his children, Yolanda, Martin, Jr., Bernice, and Dexter continued to honor his life and his legacy.
In 1969 the present journalist stood with his class in Atlanta for an official photograph with Governor Lester Maddox. The significance of that photograph was that the governor posed with Americans of all races in that picture. It was a stark contrast to a heart hardened by racial prejudice only a year before when he refused to attend the funeral of a man who had asked him to judge people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.
All people matter, all people are important. Dr. King taught the world that we must live together in harmony or we shall perish as fools. As the anniversary of his death approaches making a visit and a gift to the King Center is a wonderful way of letting him know that he did not give his life in vain. His dream still lives and the great work of the King Center honors his dream every single day.
Join the King Center in honoring Dr. King. Make the trip, if possible, to the King Center on April 4, 2016. The customer service and warm welcome experienced in past visits has forever instilled in the present journalist a determination to never use violence to solve problems and to always ask the question, “What would Martin Luther King, Jr., do?
The message from the King Center always inspires:
“Good Day Professor, thank you so much for writing and sharing your kind and wonderful thoughts about Dr. King and his legacy. We truly appreciate it. Please let me know if you do attend on April 4th so that I can assure that you are accommodated at the event. Like Dr. King your hard work and sacrifices don’t go unnoticed. I look forward to receiving the article and will share it with our team here at the King Center. Bless you Professor Metze!”
-The King Center