Once again looking to the example of her father, Bernice said he knew the importance of rising up in his spirit man.
Moving Forward: 50 Acts of Kindness
Of course, we know that faith without works is dead. And so, Bernice commissioned the crowd to participate in 50 Acts of Kindness. From today, January 15, 2018, until April 4 (the anniversary of her father’s assassination), Bernice is asking individuals to purposefully do an act of kindness for someone of another race. “We’ve got to do something about the divide and the polarization in our nation. My dad said men hate each other because they fear each other.” Further, we fear because we don’t understand, and we don’t understand because we don’t communicate. Bernice said we need people who are courageous and brave to engage in these acts of kindness and work to bridge this divide. She suggested looking at the website mlk50forward.org to see organizations individuals can partner with to participate.
Concluding her speech, Bernice left the crowd with this thought: “A movement [physically or emotionally] that only moves people is a revolt. But a movement that changes people is a revolution.” Further, it’s going to take a revolution of values to take down xenophobia, poverty, militarism and war.
Perhaps we will know this revolution has occurred when we can say with all confidence that Dr. King’s dream has been realized.
Dr. Bernice King’s speech can be seen in its entirety on Fox 5 Atlanta’s Facebook page. Dr. King starts speaking around hour 2, minute 38.