Rock The Schools Women’s History Month Special with Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center talks about her mother’s memoir, My Life, My Love, My Legacy and her life dedicated to nonviolent, social change. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2017 (Minneapolis, MN) – Chris Stewart, host of Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart podcast, often communicates to listeners the critical need to integrate history into education reform discussions to give parents, students and educators a broader view of the systemic nature of the challenges they face today.  “When you have an opportunity to speak to an iconic civil rights leader like Dr. Bernice A. King, I feel the duty to share this gift to the public and to take the lessons learned to help all students and parents navigate this extremely complicated education system.  The right of all children to have access to a great education is a human right.”, said Chris Stewart. 

Dr. Bernice A. King (Be A King), is the Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, which was founded by her mother in 1968. The King Center is not only home to the largest repository of civil rights papers, but also a host to several nonviolence educational training programs using the philosophies and methodology of her father of which is called Nonviolence365™ (NV365™). Her passion for youth led her to launch a nonviolent training program. That program is called CampNOW™, which targets young people between the ages of 13-18 to be world change makers in their communities by learning NV365™. Dr. King like her mother, continues to challenge people to RAISE THE STANDARD.  On January 16th, she did as such, The Beloved Community Talks: Let’s Bridge the Racial Divide from Urban to Suburban, to Rural. This is a campaign focused on bringing people from different ideologies to the table to discuss their differences with the goal of reaching an understanding, and thus creating a pathway towards the Beloved Community that her father spoke of. This 2-year endeavor will culminate next year on the 50th Anniversary of the commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination. A report will be drawn from the results of these series of dialogues.

In honor of her mother, Coretta Scott King, as well as her dedication to youth and education, Bernice returned to her alma-mater at Spelman College to announce the establishment of the Be A King® Scholarship. She is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Bernice serves on the HOPE Southeastern Board of Directors of Operation HOPE and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Executive Producer of Rock The Schools, Monique Linder, had an opportunity to spend a day with Dr. Bernice A. King at the Spirit of Rosa Parks Day events recently hosted by Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute (SYLDI) in Montgomery, Alabama, where they both judged the #YesWeCode Hackathon.  “Meeting Dr. Bernice A. King for the first time was a moment that I will never forget. . . it was a surreal feeling that normalized the characters from history books and placed them as real people who transformed the lives of the people globally”, said Monique Linder.  In this interview, you will hear excerpts from Mrs. Coretta Scott King’s memoir, “My Life, My Love, My Legacy, that have never been told.  Her beauty and grace that was always visible to the public never fully displayed the activism, intellect and impact on the world that truly was her life, love and legacy”, said Monique Linder.

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 About Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart aka Chris Stewart (http://citizenstewart.org)

Stewart’s mission with “Rock The Schools” is to “create a greater educational opportunity for black communities by grounding the school reform debate in black history and transformative black thought.”  Stewart believes “this is done by challenging the dominant trope of anti-school reform activism, and illustrating connections between the liberationist principles of yesterday’s black struggles, and today’s education proposals (e.g. “privatization,” school choice, and charter schools).”  Stewart’s tag “Public education for an educated public” begs the question of accountability.  The host of Rock The Schools, Chris Stewart is a writer, speaker, essayist and education activist from Minnesota.  Stewart began recording his Rock The Schools podcast in early March 2015 and releases a new episode weekly.  Rock the Schools’ Executive Producer is Monique Linder, Founder of OMG Media Solutions.  Subscribe to Rock The Schools on iTunes, Audioboom, Stitcher, citizenstewart.org and http://citizen.education. Rock the Schools is supported by Education Post and Citizen.Education.  Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart has a global listening audience of over 20,000 listeners from 20 U.S. cities and 19 countries and an organically grown content distribution network of over one million friends that support, share and contribute to our content. Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart covers a wide range of topics to empower parents, students and educators to advocate for change in education policy that impact positive outcomes for students, through conversations that are rooted in history. 

 About The King Center

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center) is a 501(c)3 organization established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The King Center is the official living memorial and programmatic nonprofit organization committed to educating the world on the life, legacy, and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The King Center serves to inspire new generations to carry forward his unfinished work, strengthen causes and empower change-makers who are continuing his efforts today. The King Center’s premiere educational initiative, Nonviolence365™, is based on Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and engages participants from various sectors of society, including emerging and next generation leaders, in modules and exercises that enhance communication, leadership, interpersonal and conflict reconciliation skills.

Media Contacts:

Monique Linder, Executive Producer, Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart

Telephone: 612.787.8705 Email: monique@omgdigitalmediasolutions.com

Carmen Coya, Director of Communications The King Center

Direct: 404-408-2103  Email: ccoya@thekingcenter.org