Martin Luther King’s Daughter: ‘Only Way to Get Constructive Change Is Through Nonviolent Means’


Dr. Bernice King, the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is speaking out as protests continue throughout the country.

Over the weekend, the 57-year-old spoke at a city briefing in Atlanta, Georgia, reported People. At that briefing, she addressed the protests that are happening due to the death of George Floyd.

"I've obviously been in the place of the daughter of George, a 6-year-old left without her daddy who was killed senselessly as my father was assassinated senselessly," King said, referring to her father's 1968 death. "It sent me on a journey of anger, and I fought that demon a long time."

Like her father, a Civil Rights leader, she urged nonviolent civil disobedience. She explained that the only way our nation will get a constructive change is "through nonviolent means."

She added that others should "listen to the cries coming out of the hearts and the souls of my young brothers and sisters and all of the others in the streets of America right now and in our city."

The activist went on to say that racism and white supremacy must be dealt with through nonviolent means.

"It's a proven method. It did not fail my father," she added.

She continued to say that the end goal for everyone is that they all want the change.

While King said that she doesn't support violent protests, it does not mean that she does not understand what protesters are feeling.

"I've been close to the edge this time, but I can't go back to all that I felt inside and the rage that was inside that wanted me to destroy people and destroy lives as Martin Luther King's daughter," she added.

Floyd's death sparked anger around the country and has ignited days of protests. Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer who appears to kneel his full weight on George Floyd's neck while he begged for help, gasping that he couldn't breathe, was charged with 3rd Degree Murder and Manslaughter.

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