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ATLANTA — The King Center announces the 2016 King Holiday Observance (KHO) Kick-Off and Reception taking place at The King Center’s Freedom Hall Atrium on Friday, January 8th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Kick-off Reception will serve as the opening event for the annual King Holiday Observance.  It is free and open to the public. The community-at-large is welcome to join invited guests including;  dignitaries, local consulates, elected officials, college & university presidents, corporate and business leaders, local activists, pastors, emerging youth leaders and the entertainment community  in a celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. King.

The KHO events continue Sunday, January 10th from 3:00 p.m.-

5:00 p.m. with the Book Signing. The King Center invites the community to join King Family members and special guest author Mr. Kit Cummings for the Book Signing. Mr. Cummings will be signing his book, Peace Behind the Wire: A Nonviolent Resolution, that is a personal reflection of the author’s experience behind one of the most dangerous maximum security prisons in Georgia. The results of this monumental social endeavor added steam to a movement of Nonviolence, impacting schools, churches, and other prisons within the borders of the United States as well as in countries like South Africa, Mexico, Honduras, and Ukraine.

Rev. Dr. Bernice King

Rev. Dr. Bernice King


Dr. Bernice A. King, the CEO of The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia said, “We are very pleased to have Mr. Cummings join us for the KHO 2016 Book signing. Peace Behind the Wire speaks directly to the major components of my father’s philosophy and methodology including: nonviolence, social change, civil rights, peace and reconciliation.”

In addition to Mr. Cummings, Dr. Bernice A King will sign copies of her book, Hard Questions, Heart Answersand the biography, Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King, written by her late aunt, Mrs. Edythe Scott Bagley, for which Ms. King wrote the introduction.  Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, Dr. King’s niece, will sign copies of both of her books, My Uncle Martin’s Words for America: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Niece Tells How He Made a Difference and Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told By His Niece).

Dr. King’s sister Mrs. Christine King Farris will sign her book, My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Through it All: Reflections on My Life, My Family and My Faith. Dr. King’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, will sign her book, King Rules: Ten Truths for You, Your Family and Our Nation to Prosper. Mrs. Naomi King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s only brother, Alfred Daniel King, will sign her book, A.D. and M.L. King: Two Brothers Who Dared to Dream.

All of the books will be for sale at The King Center’s Book Store and Resource Center, located adjacent to the auditorium. The Event is FREE and open to the public.

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