Nonviolence 365…Bernice A. King Visits With Students at Riverview Gardens High School in Ferguson.
Bernice A. King believes the community is at a critical moment as it continues to confront the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The King Center plans to develop a relationship with Riverview Gardens students, who are predominantly African-American and live closest to the unrest. The King Center officials hope to develop a strategy to help young people channel their anger in a nonviolent way, defusing a potentially explosive situation if the investigation doesn’t produce the results that many hope for.
“That part is out of our hands,” King said of the investigation. “We’ve got to find a way to not make it worse. … We can’t destroy each other. We’re all we’ve got. We’ve got to band together as a community. But we’ve also got to wipe out the ‘us-and-them’ mentality.”
Her father, she said, “helped people channel that anger into something positive to bring about the change they were hoping for.”
“They saw tanks too,” she said. “You think this is the first time tanks have been in a community? It’s not. You all think this was the first time tear gas was used? It was used on my daddy. In Selma. Tear gas, tanks. So, really, you’ve got to start thinking: What is the vision you want to see come out of this? It’s got to be big. You’ve got to see well beyond this moment.”
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