AUBiH students attended the lecture given by Martin Luther King III
Martin Luther King III, an activist and human rights advocate, son of a Nobel prize winner and one of the greatest leaders of the African- American civil rights movement in the USA, Martin Luther King Jr., is visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina from May 11 to May 18, 2009.
The Visit by Martin Luther King III was organized by the Embassy of The United States of America in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This visit also represents a commemoration of the 55th anniversary of the historical ruling in the case of ˝Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka˝ which ended racial segregation in the United Sates. This ruling by the US Supreme Court was followed by dramatic legal, educational and social changes that ended the upbringing of generations of people who "did not know of diversity and difference".
American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina made it possible for its students to, along with Mr. Denis Prcic, the President of the Board of Trustees of AUBiH , attend the lecture of this distinguished guest. The lecture by Mr. King was held on Tuesday, May 12, 2009. in the amphitheater of the UNITIC center in Sarajevo and was attended also by the Ambassador of the United Sates in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Charles English, together with many other distinguished guests.
Martin Luther King III has taken over the torch that had been lit by his father and in the past 20 years through his career as a human rights advocate and activist has continued the search for justice and equality for all people. Apart from showing his consistency in following the principles of pacifism and tolerance and spreading the messages incorporated in the life, work and death of his father, Martin Luther King III impressed the students at AUBiH with his lecture.
"Martin Luther King III is really familiar with the situation in the post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina and his message was that we should follow the path of tolerance and nonviolence. He emphasized that an individual with determination can actually change the world˝, said Belma Karakas, the president of the AUBiH Student Union in Sarajevo, and added that the lecture had made a lasting impression on her. ˝I have realized that there was and still is so much injustice in the world, and how deep the roots of prejudice are, but it shouldn’t be this way. Martin Luther King III and his father are examples that show me that dreams can do wonders.", said Karakas at the end of our interview.
In addition to the visits in Sarajevo and Tuzla, where he placed flowers on the bust put up in the memory of his father, Martin Luther King III visited Mostar and Stolac on Friday, where he gave a speech and took part in the discussion in the Congressional hall of the Federal Government. In addition to this, he met with the representatives of a high school in Mostar as well as with the high school students in Stolac. The visit to Banja Luka was planned for Saturday, where he will have discussions with social activists and students as well as take part in the CIVITAS competition "Project Citizen".
FOLLOWING IN HIS FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS
Martin Luther King III, second child born to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King has, with his message of hope and civic piety, in the last 20 years motivated and restored faith in humanity to people across the world.
He graduated political science on Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been awarded several honorary PhD. degrees by universities across the United States. As a human rights advocate, social activist and political leader he is actively involved in a number of strategically important initiatives in legal and fair conduct toward all nations of the world.
- In 1986. Martin Luther King III was elected Representative of over 700.000 people in Fulton District, Georgia.
- In 1997. He was elected fourth President of Southern Christian Leadership Conference unanimously. This organization was co-founded by his father in 1957. As an active member of the Board of Directors, Martin Luther King III spent a large portion of his adult life continuing his father’s mission, fighting hard against all forms of injustice.
- Today he is the founding president and CEO of a non-profit organization ˝Realizing the Dream˝ through which he started a national initiative ˝Poverty in America˝. His international program, Second Generation Global Peace Initiative, brings together the followers of the fighters for peace in the 20th century that are looking into crisis areas in the world such as Darfur, the Middle East and Burma. It brings together the followers of Chavez, Gandhi, Gemayel, Kennedy and others.