Continuing the Legacy: The Civil Rights Struggles of the 21st Century
As the son of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century, taking a stand against injustice and advocating for human rights is in Martin Luther King III’s blood. A global humanitarian who has traveled worldwide to make a difference in the lives of all people, King has unique insight into the civil rights battles being waged every day. In this presentation, King calls attention to injustices, both in the United States and abroad, and the steps needed to make equality for all not just a dream, but a reality.
Leadership in the Face of Adversity: Strategies for Taking a Stand and Making it Count
With a career in activism that spans over two decades, Martin Luther King III knows what it takes to make valuable change happen. Whether promoting peace in foreign countries, leading demonstrations against unjust labor practices, or pushing for effective legislation, King has nearly unrivaled expertise when it comes to inspiring revolutionary transformations and implementing new strategies. Having been a driving force behind countless institutional, political and social changes, King is an authority on making a difference—and making it last.
A human rights advocate, community activist and a political leader, Mr. King has been actively involved in significant policy initiatives to maintain the fair and equitable treatment of all citizens, at home and abroad. Utilizing the principles of Kingian nonviolence, Mr. King quietly exercised negotiation and persuasion to reach a compromise between Georgia legislators and leaders to change the state flag that was an offensive and divisive symbol for many Georgians.
His commitment to world-wide humanitarian concerns was exemplified in the late 1970’s when he was asked to represent President Jimmy Carter in two official delegations to promote peace in foreign countries. Later, in 1984, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Mr. King ventured to five poverty and drought-stricken African nations on a fact-finding tour. The outcome of the tour was the creation of the Africa Initiative, a program developed to end starvation in Africa. In the 1980's, he turned his attention and his action to the injustices of South Africa and was arrested at the South African embassy in Washington, D.C. as part of a civil disobedience protest against apartheid, and for the release of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. In the 1990’s, he addressed the moral and political dilemmas of third-world nations such as Haiti and Nigeria. In 1996, he toured Great Britain, where he celebrated Black History Month and shared his father’s vision of justice and equality for all people.
In 2006, he founded the nonprofit organization Realizing the Dream, Inc., which eventually merged with The King Center in 2010. King shared his father’s message to a receptive global audience, spearheading nonviolence education workshops and programs in Bosnia Herzegovina, India, Israel & Palestine, Kenya, Sri Lanka and the United States. Through a mix of nonviolence conferences and youth development programming, Mr. King, Realizing the Dream, and other members of the GEN II Global Peace Initiative have spread Dr. King’s message to a new generation.
On the 43rd anniversary of his father’s assassination, Mr. King helped to lead nationwide demonstrations against initiatives to eliminate and undermine collective bargaining rights of public workers in Wisconsin and other states.
As a commemorative of the 44th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, Martin Luther King III re-purposed this day as one highlighting youth violence prevention as a public health issue. The April 4th Revisited: Saving Lives, Building Dreams was an initiative launched in collaboration with the CDC-funded Prevention Institute as a call-to-action to mark this as a day for building momentum for non-violence and peaceful communities nationwide.