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Dr. Bernice King – MLK Jr.'s daughter – coming to Vancouver's Walk for Reconciliation
Dr. Bernice A. King – the daughter of U.S. civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. – will be in Vancouver for the Walk for Reconciliation, on Sunday, September 22.
The walk will end a week of reconciliation – a tour of activities around British Columbia's biggest city, organized in partnership with the Truth and Reconciliation Commision's (TRC) National Gathering Event.
King will deliver the keynote address at the start of the Walk of Reconciliation, then walk the last 100 yards of the event, and will be available for a book signing after the walk, as well.
"Reconciliation Canada is honoured that Dr. Bernice King will be speaking at our Walk for Reconciliation," said Karen Joseph, Reconciliation Canada's executive director.
(Click here to see a full Map of the 2013 Walk for Reconciliation around Vancouver, B.C., which will begin at Queen Elizabeth Plaza and end on the Southside of False Creek.)
The Walk for Reconciliation is the first in Canadian history, and will come to fruition in relation to the country's government-run residential school system, which operated from 1875 to 1996.
The walk will kick off the day the Truth and Reconciliation Commission finishes gathering four days of testimony. Vancouver's commission will be the sixth of seven such gatherings, with the final one coming in Edmonton next year.
The Canadian Press also reports that all UBC classes have been suspended next Wednesday, so students and faculty can attend the event.
"Elder Dr. King has said that we all have a responsibility to move our world toward a beloved community," said Joseph. "Reconciliation Canada shares this same philosophy.
"Having Dr. King speak at our walk is especially meaningful, given that this year is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and her father's 'I Have a Dream' speech."
Most recently, King was at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, in the American capital. She delivered a speech that rung in the Freedom Bell at the foot of the Abraham Memorial.
"If freedom stops ringing, then the sound will disappear and the atmosphere will be charged with something else," she told crowds that day, August 28 (Christian Post). "Fifty years later, we come once again to this special landing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to reflect, to renew and to rejuvenate for the continued struggle of freedom and justice.
"For today, 50 years later, we are still crippled by practices and policies steeped in racial pride, hatred and hostility, some of which have us 'standing our ground,' instead of finding common ground."