"Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy of Peaceful Protest & Quest for Racial Justice”
Civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr., believed that nonviolent protest is the most effective weapon against a racist and unjust society. However, current protests over civil rights have put a new spotlight on race relations in America. This time, the issue is the deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of white police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City, Cleveland and elsewhere across America. The protests have drawn comparisons to what happened in the first Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march in 1965. It is those comparisons that have sparked a new debate within the black community between older and younger generations about how to achieve racial progress.
Join us for this live one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast, when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss Martin Luther King Jr’s. commitment to nonviolent action and explore whether his reasoning is still the best option to challenge racial injustice.
One on One Guest:
Mother of Amadou Diallo¸ unarmed West African immigrant (Guinea) killed by four New York police officers
and Founder and President of The Amadou Diallo Foundation
via Phone: Gaithersburg, Maryland
Washington Studio Guests:
Rev. Aniedi Okure, OP, Ph.D.
President, Africa Faith and Justice Network and
Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies Fellow
Marcia L. Dyson
CEO and Founder
Women's Global Initiative
Question of the Week:
Is Martin Luther King’s legacy of nonviolent protest still the most viable way to confront racial injustice and conflict?
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