National Council 0f Elders Statement On The 50th Anniversary Of The Assassination Of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

If ever there was a time to reaffirm Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to nonviolence, April 4, 2018 is the day to do so.  Recent events sadly remind us that the bloodstained roots of slavery and violent settler colonialism have yet to be purged from the soul of the nation. From Parkland, Florida to Sacramento, California, from Afghanistan to Somalia—routinely brutalizing others haunts us still.

That is why, we reassert Dr. King’s call for a revolution of values. We recommit to the National Council of Elders mission to work “toward a United States free of the domination of racism, sexism, militarism, materialism, economic inequality, and the destruction of the natural world.”

We mark the endurance of a national and global movement far bigger than the life of Dr. King himself. We applaud today’s courageous young people who remind us that Dr. King began his own life of service and dedication to justice as a very young man.

Young or old, our struggle continues.

Statement of Mission and Purpose

We are 20th century organizers committed to the theory and practice of nonviolence, united to engage with organizers of the 21st century.

We are urgently called to this mission by the escalation of all forms of violence and the rise of anti-democratic forces.

We are working toward a United States free of the domination of racism, sexism, militarism, materialism, economic inequality, and the destruction of the natural world.

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