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In honor of Dr. King’s holiday, Bernice King is calling for a “no shots fired” day and ringing church bells in support of non-violence.

During a recent interview with Reuters, the daughter of the slain U.S. civil rights leader said her father’s message of non-violence should resonate as we celebrate his 85th birthday this Monday, a federal holiday.

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“America has an enormous appetite for violence,” she said. “I don’t know why we have such an affinity for that, but I do know it has to stop.’

Bernice, who is the CEO of the Atlanta-based Martin Luther King Center, added: “Dr. King’s philosophy of non-violence is more relevant, I believe, than it was 10 years ago.”

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People agreed. According to reports, the Atlanta branch of the NAACP is taking stance against America’s culture of violence with its new a gun buyback program. The organization hopes to get 1,000 weapons off the city’s streets.

Tell us, how are you celebrating Dr. King’s birthday today?


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