Dr. Bernice King says we are in a state of emergency

Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service

January 22, 2019

The soulful sounds of gospel saxophonist Minister Angela Christie revved the crowd during the opening moments of the 51st Martin Luther King Jr commemorative service held at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The ecumenical program welcomed speakers from various faiths, state, federal, and international governments. United States Senator David Perdue, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, Congresswoman of Georgia’s 6th district Lucy McBath, and Atlanta’s 60th mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms were among those in attendance.

“While history may say that I was born into Generation X - I believe I was born into generation could. We could because Dr. King and so many others did.” Bottoms stated that since her inception as the leader of the city, she believed more could be done to show America how to be America again. She highlighted changes taking place under her leadership including the signing of a new ordinance changing the cash bail system, setting aside $100K for the first time in the city’s budget for HIV/AIDS support, and closing the doors to ICE. Bottoms also mentioned her pledge to raise $1 billion to combat affordable housing.

“I believe and declare that we are in a state of emergency,” stated Dr. Bernice King – CEO of The King Center. “We are in a state of emergency because of our humanitarian crisis and it’s not at our southern boarders. It is in our nation and many nations of the world. The concern and compassion for human welfare across the board is being threatened.”

King said our humanity is on the verge of digressing into two Americas and becoming the disUnited States of America. She touched on the lack of gun laws forcing a loss sense of security in schools, limitations of voting, challenges facing those who chose to protest injustice, the failure of the criminal justice system toward the people of color, and the ongoing government shut down. King also acknowledged Delta Air Lines for their $83,500 grant to reopen the national historic park just in time for the MLK Day holiday.