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Selma March organizer and grandson of blues legend BB King teach civil rights history and the meaning of equality

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Bernard Lafayette, Jr.

Bernard Lafayette, Jr. talks about his work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on teaching nonviolence. He said young people are the most important group to reach when it comes to human rights and non-violence.

Christopher King, grandson of BB King and president of Youth for Human Rights Florida speaking during Black History Month. He urges young people to follow the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and to respect the rights of others.

Aaron Carson, Vice President of Youth for Human Rights DC and host of the event, urged listeners to learn from the story.

Youth for Human Rights urges young people to get involved in promoting human rights and teaching Martin Luther King’s message of non-violence and substantive equality.

It is more important than ever today that everyone stands up for human rights.

— Aaron Carson, Vice President Youth for Human Rights

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, March 2, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — A veteran of the civil rights movement, at a Black History Month online event, addressed youth and adults with inside stories of the civil rights movement – from teaching the nonviolence to hardened gang members to transform them into civil rights security teams, to lessons learned to organize successfully. Dr Bernard Lafayette, Jr. worked directly with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) which formed groups on nonviolent strategies throughout the civil rights movement.

In the Black History Event, Dr. Lafayette encouraged young people to get involved, even suggesting the formation of Model Youth Legislative Groups to train young people in government and nonviolence as well as to register new voters. He pointed out that young people who have just turned 18 constitute the largest group of unregistered voters.

Speaking about the history he lived through, Lafayette recounted the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed. He had met Dr. King that morning at the hotel. Dr. Lafayette was staying one floor below Dr. King and had prepared a press release for an upcoming event to be held in Washington, DC. Dr. Lafayette went to Dr. King’s room to get DC’s press release approved. At the end of this meeting, Dr. King said to him, “Carry on. I’ll be here soon.” He added, “Our next movement will be international and [will] institutionalize non-violence.

Dr. Lafayette explained how the civil rights movement succeeded because organizations coordinated and worked together to solve problems. It was not only the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Dr. King’s group), but also the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Poor People’s Campaign, the Congress of Racial Equity (CORE) and the NAACP as well than other groups working together. Dr. Lafayette argued that coalitions must be formed and work together to fix one social problem and then work on another problem. Dr. Lafayette continues to form groups on nonviolent protests and campaigns as well as building coalitions.

He also told listeners about the march in Selma. Dr. Lafayette did not walk in front of the group; Dr. King asked him to be in charge of security for the back of the step. Often the police and others would attack the marchers from the rear, and it was important that the march leaders not bother about the rear. Under Dr. King’s guidance, Dr. Lafayette trained Chicago gang members in nonviolence and safety without inciting or participating in violence. He then brought them to Selma for the march to be this rear security team.

Joining Dr. Lafayette to talk about black history and his current programs was Youth for Human Rights Florida President Mr. Christopher King, grandson of blues great BB King and founder of The Gentlemen’s Course, Inc.

Mr. King works in cities across Florida to teach today’s youth about nonviolence, while teaching young men to be respectful, have good manners, find and keep jobs. Considering the lack of respect and equality as a major obstacle to young people’s success in life, Mr. King spoke about his use of educational materials from Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) to teach the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. man (UDHR).

The UDHR was created and adopted by the United Nations in 1948, but international surveys show that very few people are aware of it. 30 human rights warranty under the declaration. Several of these rights apply to the civil rights movement, including non-discrimination, the right to expression, the right to democracy, the right to public assembly and association, and the right to education.

Addressing racism, Mr King said: “Aren’t we all a race of people? We are all human beings. Mr. King teaches young people that they should respect the rights of others and know their own rights so they can demand that their rights be respected and protected.

The Vice President of the Washington, DC Chapter of Youth for Human Rights International, Mr. Aaron Carson, said, “Youth for Human Rights International has worked tirelessly to spread this message around the world…. It is more important than ever today that everyone stands up for human rights. Mr. Carson hosted the event.

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a non-profit organization founded in 2001. YHRI’s purpose is to teach young people about human rights, especially the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights , and to encourage them to become defenders of tolerance and peace.

Beth Akiyama
Youth for Human Rights International – National Office
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