By Special to the Daily World
Dr. Bernice A. King continues her parents’ legacy of nonviolence as she and more than 600 students at the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy recently celebrated the success of the Be A King 100 Days of Nonviolence program in honor of Mrs. Coretta Scott King’s 84th birthday. This program enlisted the Academy middle and high school students to proactively address issues and concerns in their community through nonviolent means. The students assembled at 1190 Northwest Drive for the celebration on Wednesday, April 27.
Bernice King initiated this program in order to connect the next generation with her father’s legacy of nonviolence (Kingian Nonviolence). Dr. King states: “Recent incidents around the world, from Arizona to Egypt are an indication of the significant need for peace and justice to prevail by nonviolent means. I am proud that my little CSKYWLA sisters accepted my challenge to begin to combat violent acts such as bullying, fighting and negative attitudes by committing to use their minds and tongues in a manner that is positive and uplifting.
“They ran into challenges along the way, but watching and hearing the stories of the girls engaging and working through the challenges has been delightful. Through what they have experienced over the past 100 days, it is my hope that they will continue to embrace nonviolence as a way of life.”
The key learning experiences from the program included: Teaching Kingian nonviolent philosophy and method; students journaling their daily triumphs; and children reporting their milestones as an overall group
Dr. King began the 100 days on Jan. 18, 2011, during the King Holiday week.
The celebration recognized the accomplishments of the students and also marked the roll out of the global program which engages schools across the nation, beginning with those named after her father.