MLK peace conference set for Friday
The Martin Luther King Social Action Committee, Inc. (MLK-SAC) is hosting the 11th Annual MLK Memorial Peace Conference on Friday, April 4, at 5 p.m. at Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship, 108 Salem Street.
Friday's conference marks the 46th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and features the theme “Justice without Violence.”
“For the last 11 years we have observed that sad anniversary with a conference on peace and nonviolence,” said Dr. George Jackson. “It was one of the most violent days in domestic history, riots, violence. We've been trying to observe that anniversary to talk about nonviolence and what Dr. King was trying to profligate from a constructive way rather than the tragic part of it.”
The event is an open dialogue on nonviolence. James “Smuggie” Mitchell, a seven term Charlotte City Councilman and candidate for Congress in the 12th Congressional District, will discuss gun violence and ways to combat the problem in North Carolina.
Deboy Beamon, principal at Thomasville High School, will discuss methods the school employs to combat violence and keep students safe.
“The real focus is how we can improve and promote nonviolence in our area,” Jackson said. “I think Mr. Beamon will bring a real fresh approach.”
A free community Peace Meal will be served at 6:15 p.m. followed by a worship service. Bishop Derek Kelly, pastor of New Faith Full Gospel Fellowship Center in Lexington, will serve as the keynote speaker. Kelly also is a candidate for Davidson County Commissioner.
For more information, contact MLK-SAC at (336) 476-7218, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website www.mlksac.com.