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    In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we invite you to learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and the importance of diversity. Explore articles featuring information about organizations dedicated to continuing the legacies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi. King and Gandhi were both proponents of achieving change and peace through nonviolence.

    As you remember Martin Luther King Jr. and his work during the month of January, we invite you to learn about events and initiatives being held by The King Center. Last year, The King Center, in partnership with Kaplan University, engaged college students and the general public in Atlanta, Georgia, in a panel discussion titled "From Public Policy to Personal Responsibility." The panel discussed the implications of nonviolence on college campuses and in communities. In 2016, The King Center is calling on everyone to choose nonviolence as a lifestyle and asking everyone to be part of their "Nonviolence 365" initiative which is a live and online interactive experience where participants can use the hashtag #choosenonviolence and share ideas and actions related to nonviolence. The King Center is also holding its Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner  where they will honor individuals and organizations who have helped build Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s beloved community and exemplify a commitment to his principles and philosophies. 

    We invite you to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. Day and to explore the Center for Public Service's articles and stories about Martin Luther King Jr. and nonviolence listed below. We are also featuring articles about diversity and the importance of it in our communities and the workplace.

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    Martin Luther King Jr. Day—Moving Us Closer to Dr. King’s Vision of a “Beloved Community”

    In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Each year on Martin Luther King Day, thousands of Americans answer that very question by participating in service projects that benefit their neighbors and communities.

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    Dr. Bernice King

    Dr. Bernice King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Daughter, on Freedom Perspectives

    Dr. Bernice King, chief executive officer (CEO) of the King Center and daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. discusses three freedoms that are basic to all humankind: the freedom to participate in government, the freedom to prosper in life (which includes getting a quality education), and the freedom to peacefully coexist.

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    Dr. Bernice King on Public Service Leadership 


    Dr. Bernice King, chief executive officer (CEO) of the King Center discusses the principles of public service and what it takes to be a great leader.

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    Dr. Bernice King on Freedom Principles


    Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter Dr. Bernice A. King and CEO of the King Center in Atlanta discusses the principles of nonviolence

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    The King Center

    The King Center

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (better known as The King Center) was established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, widow of America’s most famous civil rights leader. 

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    Read quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. on nonviolence selected from his book Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story.

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    Faculty Article: Reducing Violence in the Community, by William Campbell, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Adjunct Faculty

    Read adjunct faculty member William Campbell’s reflection on the importance of developing our own moral character and on developing a culture that emphasizes the content of character for our society.

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    Cultural Diversity: Imagine all the People, By Lisa D. Belfield, EdD, Adjunct Faculty

    Culture is that which shapes us; it shapes our identity and influences our behavior. Culture is our “way of being,” more specifically, it refers to the shared language, beliefs, values, norms, behaviors, and material objects that are passed down from one generation to the next.

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    Encouraging Diversity

    Encouraging Diversity

    Ongoing efforts to create awareness about diversity have been made but many inequities continue to exist. Here are some strategies that can be used as a model to further increase diversity awareness.

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    Nonprofit Spotlight: M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

    Peace is the most powerful tool for any social change. That’s the profound message of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gandhi), one of the most powerful revolutionary leaders in modern history.

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