JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Dr. Bernice King, daughter of civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stopped by East Tennessee State University Monday for a lecture on civil rights engagement and ending violence.
She started the lecture asking the audience to think, saying President Trump and Black Lives Matter, in different ways, have awakened us to the divisions in our society and it’s going to take each and everyone one of us playing our role to overcome differences.
“This is a climate now where everyone’s got to kind of focus on lessening the tension and the only way we are going to do it is to have the courage to engage each other and get to know each other,” Dr. King said.
As dozens anxiously waited in line to hear Dr. King speak, an ETSU freshman said Dr. King can be a great role model for young people.
Dr. King concluded the lecture saying there will never be another Dr. Martin Luther King Junior but everyone can make a positive change.
Next year is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s assassination. Dr. King is the CEO of The King Center in Atlanta, GA.
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