For Immediate Relase
April 4, 2018
Atlanta, GA – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made the ultimate sacrifice fifty years ago today and in this day of remembrance, Americans and the world pause with respect and gratitude. As his children celebrate his life and dedication to freedom and equality for all, this nation must never forget or take for granted the sacrifice he made in both death and life, to raise the moral consciousness of America. The Jim Crow era of segregation, discrimination and domestic terrorism against African Americans, which was acceptable and legal, was not acceptable to Dr. King. As the United States judged and condemned many nations for atrocities against humanity, the same acts against their black citizens were prevailing and woven into the DNA of our nation. Dr. King and all the participants of the Nonviolent Movement, forced this nation to look at itself in a mirror, while the world watched and held a collective breath.
On this day, the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and the members across our global network, encourage the world’s citizens to remember Dr. King’s courage in the face of injustice along with his unwavering fight for the dignity and civil rights for American’s of color and for citizens of the world. “As we paused yesterday to reflect on the anniversary and words in his I’ve Been to the Mountaintop speech, we are reminded of the prophetic and fearless mindset Dr. King had assumed 50 years ago,” stated Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. “Today on the anniversary of King’s ultimate sacrifice, we ask the youth we mentor, American citizens and the people of the world, to pause and imagine the advances we could make if we moved forward the work he began vs. moving backwards.”
Where do we go from here? Dr. King dreamed of complete equality in America for people of color. He dreamed of a country that judged character and where freedom allowed you to pursue life and experience liberties that are covered within the Constitution. He never gave up and never turned back. “As an organization focused on mentoring and educating youth, while empowering the communities in which they live, we will continue to work collectively with others to move our nation forward,” stated Dortch.
100 members, mentees, staff and stakeholders are asked to observe a moment of silence and reflection for 39 seconds (Dr. King’s age at the time of his assassination). Please do so at 6:05 pm local time, as bells ring out in your area and across the world.
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