Week 1 of 50: No Justice. No Peace. Know Justice. Know Peace.
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Week 1 of 50: No Justice. No Peace. Know Justice. Know Peace.

Week One 
"No Justice, No Peace.
Know Justice, Know Peace."
Welcome to 50 Weeks of Actions!  You have pledged to join us in improving our communities through peace and direct action.  Over the next 50 weeks, we will explore our MLK50 platforms: poverty, better jobs & higher wages, decent housing, quality education, justice and peace.  Each week, you will receive educational information and action items.  Your pledge was a deliberate commitment to participate in a community action, not a solo performance.  
Share the pledge with your friends and family.  Ask people in your circle to join you in these activities.  Post your thoughts and experiences on social media.  Challenge your churches, schools, and organizations to get involved.
Commemoration participants reciting the Pledge for Peace at the Museum, April 4, 2017.
"Let us realize that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." - Dr. Martin Luther King,  Where Do We Go From Here?
  1. Share the Pledge for Peace and Action with others. Click the link bit.ly/mlk50pledge.
  2. Read Dr. King's book,  Where Do We Go from Here: From Chaos to Community, or listen to parts of the speech from this audio clip.  Read the full manuscript here of Dr. King's "Where Do We Go from Here?" speech.
Kids can get involved with the pledge too.  Over the next 50 weeks, we will feature a special section for young activists and families.  Our community includes everyone; anyone can help make it better.
Together, generations of families can make a difference in the community!
Dr. King believed in nonviolent action. We ask that over the next year, you take actions (DO SOMETHING) to improve your community and help to make our world a better  place!
  1. Let's start by learning about Dr. King. There are many fantastic books! Check out A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David Adler and illustrated by Robert Casilla. Listen to LaVar Burton reading this book on "Reading Rainbow Story Time," by clicking here
  2. To listen to a short clip from Dr. King's speech, "Where Do We Go From Here?," given in Atlanta, GA on August 16, 1967, click here. During this speech, Dr. King said "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." What does that mean? Click below to find out. 
MLK50 Events
Throughout the commemorative year, mlk50.civilrightsmuseum.org will serve as the official digital portal for storytelling, engagement, a master calendar and updates on the MLK50 initiative around the country.
Click below to learn about key MLK50 events during the yearlong commemoration culminating on April 4, 2018.