The King Center

TKC_showEstablished in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy.

Both a traditional memorial and programmatic nonprofit, the King Center was envisioned by its founder to be “no dead monument, but a living memorial filled with all the vitality that was his, a center of human endeavor, committed to the causes for which he lived and died.”

Use of funds

Provide 75 Scholarships for Camp Now – Camp Now is a summer encounter for youth ages 13-18 that prepares them to become influential leaders and change agents. The camp is designed to develop and enhance their leadership and teambuilding skills through Nonviolence365 to address everyday challenges and conflicts of today like bullying and negative peer pressure. They also learn how to code, create apps, and produce films that promote Nonviolence365 as a way of life.

Provide 6 Scholarships for “Global Fellows Internship Program / Scholars Intern Program” – The Scholars Internship Program is a creative educational experience designed to produce a new generation of leaders committed to bring about social change through nonviolent means. It is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with ongoing scholarship in the philosophy and methodology of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s nonviolence. The Program combines academic instruction, work placement, leadership development, and historical tours to provide students with a holistic approach to understanding and implementing the philosophy, methodology and strategies of Nonviolence365™, The King Center’s premier education and training curriculum.

Assist in Piloting “Let the Healing Begin: Atlanta”: This project will serve as the catalyst for The King Center’s National Project: “Let the Healing Begin”- From Pain…to Power…to Policy”. With all the violence that has plagued our nation in particularly the African American community, there has to be an intentionality to address the daily trauma experienced by families across America. The King Center has commissioned a clinical psychologist and community strategist to design a pilot project for Atlanta, Georgia to create a strategic approach to immediately address the impacts of trauma in target communities. The support from the “Give12 Atlanta” will assist in starting the community conversations (Healing Circles) facilitated by a clinical psychologist. From these community dialogues the goals are to: Conduct Needs Assessment, Listen to Concerns, Address problem, Create Personal and Action Plan. The goal of The King Center is to help our communities transform their pain into power to ultimately begin to develop strategies within their respective communities to effect policy change.

Our commitment is to utilize the funds from “Give12 Atlanta” to facilitate initiatives that directly impact individual lives and communities. Because we know telling your story is important, The King Center will provide video footage from the initiatives supported by your donation to help promote the great work you are doing and the national launch of “Give12”.