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Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day

 Around the world on Monday the 17th of January people celebrated and remembered Martin Luther King Jr. as a heroic figure in the African American civil rights movement. To mark this date, students, groups, associations and institutions in the United States and Canada remembered Martin Luther King’s nonviolent and truth-seekers movement. King inspired generations of people with his message.

Members of World without Wars and Violence in Canada organised activities in Kitchener, Montreal and Pincourt. In Kitchener the 4th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration was held at Kitchener City Hall. Around 75 people attended. The evening featured local musicians, drummers and a gospel choir. We also had readings from Dr. King’s, Letter from Birmingham Jail. The video screen behind the stage showed images and quotes from this great leader of nonviolence. In Montreal and Pincourt, elementary and high school students received a booklet on the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Originally written by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 this pledge for nonviolence was modified by Soulforce in 2003 and edited by the Kitchener Nonviolence festival in 2010:

I will meditate on the life and teachings of Gandhi and King, and other truth-seekers.
I will remember that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation as a shared victory.
I will walk and talk in the manner of love and nonviolence.
I will contemplate daily what I can do so that all men and women might be free.
I will treat others the way I want to be treated. I will observe with friend and foe the common rules of courtesy.
I will perform regular service for others and the world. I will refrain from violence of fist, tongue and heart.
I will strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.