Virtual 29th Annual MLK Celebration

Virtual event

Dr. Bernice King Will Speak During a Virtual 29th Annual MLK Celebration

Public Employees for Community Concerns has secured Dr. Bernice King, nationally and internationally known as one of the most powerful and life-changing speakers today, as the featured speaker for the 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Due to the pandemic and health concerns, the January 18, 2021 event will be virtual.

Tickets for the event are $30 per person and are available on the website, A link to view the event will be sent out closer to the January 18 date. The event will run from noon until 1 p.m.

Prior to the event, we encourage you to grab a bite to eat from a local African American business such as Rumbergers, Smoke King, SLE or Sweet Cakes by Rachael, then sit back in the comfort of your home and listen to a motivational message by Bernice King.

About Bernice King

Bernice A. King (Be A King) is the Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, which was founded by her mother, in 1968. She was appointed to this position in January 2012 by the Board of Trustees. Nationally and internationally known as one of the most powerful, motivating and life-changing orators and speakers on the circuit today, Bernice leaves her audiences speechless and challenges people to RAISE THE STANDARD. Born the youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice began her oratorical journey when she spoke in her mother's stead at the United Nations at age 17. Over the years, she has had the occasion to speak in such places as the steps of The Lincoln Memorial, The White House, major corporations and universities, and in places throughout the world including South Africa, Germany, and New Zealand to name a few.

Bernice is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Law Degrees from Emory University. She has also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College. In honor of her mother, Coretta Scott King, Bernice returned to her alma-mater at Spelman College to announce the establishment of the Be A King Scholarship. She is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia and a trained mediator. Bernice serves on the HOPE Southeastern Board of Directors of Operation HOPE and is a member of the

International Women's Forum and National Council of Negro Women.

With a strong concern for youth, family and community partnership, Bernice was privileged to serve as a law clerk in the Fulton County Juvenile Court system, under Judge Glenda Hatchett, who was host of the nationally syndicated Judge Hatchett show. It was there that she realized that a growing number of teens have been double victims: first of society and secondly of an ineffective legal system based in retribution instead of rehabilitation. Bernice also serves as a mentor and advisor to the Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy, grades 6-12, (CSKYWLA). She was delighted to serve as the high school commencement speaker, in May 2014, for the inaugural graduating class of young ladies who she first met in 2007 when they were in the 6th grade. In January of 2011, Bernice launched the "100 Days of Nonviolence" campaign at CSKYWLA to expose the girls to nonviolence as modeled by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ("Nonviolence 365"), and to encourage them to begin embracing it as a way of life.

Through her work at the King Center, Bernice has continued to educate youth and adults about the nonviolence principles modeled by her parents. In 2012, she implemented an annual N.O.W. Encounter Summer Camp which has educated youth from New Mexico, South Carolina, Michigan, Alabama, and as far away as Cyprus. Because of the impact the camp had on their lives, youth from Cyprus returned two years in a row.

In 2013, as she continued her parent's legacy, she spearheaded the August 28, 2013, "Let Freedom Ring and Call to Action" event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and her father's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. This global event included President Obama, former Presidents Clinton and Carter, members of Congress, as well as many other international leaders, dignitaries and entertainers. In the spirit of her father, she was an instrumental factor in helping Aboriginals and others in Vancouver, Canada understand the importance of forgiveness, unconditional love and reconciliation, when she spoke to a crowd of over 75,000 people.

In 2014, as part of the Center's Nonviolence 365 education and training initiatives, she launched Students with King, which enables students to interact with King and Farris family members, as well as those who knew and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King. As part of the student's interactive conversation, which is typically moderated by either a local radio or TV on-air personality, students are given the opportunity to learn about the more personal side of the King Legacy. Also, in 2014, Dr. King launched a series on interactive web-talks with students throughout the country using "Google Hangout" as the platform. This initiative enables her to use technology to converse with students while she is at The King Center and the students are in their classroom.

Today, Bernice continues to expand and enhance The King Center's Nonviolence 365 Education and Training initiatives.

She is an innovative, energetic and committed leader dedicated to fulfilling the calling of taking her parents legacy and The King Center into a new era.

Public Employees for Community Concerns is a group of African-American City of Peoria employees who joined together to try to enlighten empower African-Americans and the community as a whole. Our mission statement is to provide an extension of local government to the minority community, promote networking among public employees, facilitate and advocate discussion of the community’s concerns and increase the visibility of public employees within the community.