President Jimmy Carter, Bernice King and Civil Rights Leaders Join in Conversation about Education, Youth and 'I Have a Dream' Speech - Aug 15, 2013
ATLANTA, Aug. 15 /CSRwire/ - President Jimmy Carter joined
America’s Sunday Supper Sunday night in Atlanta to discuss how the education
and service sectors, parents and communities-at-large can collaborate to help
youth achieve their dreams. Sponsored by Points of Light, Target and the Martin
Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, this event was the
kick-off for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. It was hosted at
the Carter Presidential Center by Bernice A. King, Dr, King’s youngest daughter
and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
President Carter and other speakers shared memories of Dr.
King and what MLK Day and the March’s upcoming anniversary this month mean to
them. Delores Morton, president of Programs for Points of Light, and Laysha
Ward, president of Community Relations for Target, shared the vision for
America’s Sunday Suppers – a national movement that promotes bringing people
together in service, dialogue and civic engagement while sharing a meal.
Bernice King led a discussion panel that included the Rev.
C.T. Vivian, a civil rights deputy of Dr. King’s who just last week was awarded
the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Dr. Dione Simon, principal of Coretta Scott
King Young Women’s Leadership Academy; and Doug Shipman, chief operating
officer of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Partnership. The
panelists spoke passionately about strides made and remaining challenges since
the March on Washington. Each articulated that parents, schools, teachers and
communities must be vigilant in making learning exciting and in motivating
young people to stay in school.
Those themes were reiterated as more than 140 guests engaged
in table conversations around the theme Education, Youth and the “I Have a
Dream” speech. Some of the noteworthy table hosts providing highlights to the
crowd were basketball great Dikembe Mutumbo and Clark Atlanta University
President Dr. Carlton E. Brown. Eight-year-old Zaqary Asuamah of Decatur stole
the show with a moving recitation of the full “I Have a Dream” speech, which
drew a standing ovation from the crowd and hugs from President Carter.
"We were deeply honored to co-host this event in
Atlanta, the birthplace of Dr. King, and to bring together community leaders to
discuss education, service and youth development to create a path to achieve
the American dream," said Laysha Ward of Target. "Together with
Points of Light, we want these conversations to lead to action, strengthen our
youth and communities, and honor the legacy of Dr. King."
“We’re pleased that, with Target’s support, more than 50,000
people have pledged to participate and live Dr. King’s vision of ‘a table of
brotherhood’ where Americans come together in the cause of social justice and
opportunity for all,” said Tracy Hoover, president of Points of Light.
“Tonight’s table was set with grace and intention toward that goal, and our
guests were overwhelmingly positive.”
Sunday’s event was the sixth Sunday Supper co-hosted by
Target and Points of Light, following their pledge on MLK Day in January 2013
to engage supper guests around the nation in civic dialogue to create solutions
and service projects to solve local community issues, especially related to
education and youth empowerment.
The next America’s Sunday Supper will take place in San
Antonio, Texas on Thursday, August 29 with a theme of Hispanic youth
empowerment. To find out about hosting your own Sunday Supper, go to
www.pointsoflight.org/mlk/host-americas-sunday-supper. To follow the
conversations online, follow @PointsofLight on Twitter and use hashtag
About Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated
to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is
changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with
thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million
volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of
people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves
guests at 1,856 stores – 1,788 in the United States and 68 in Canada – and at
Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through
community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a
week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate
responsibility, visit target.com/corporateresponsibility.