CampNOW™teams up with the digital giant Microsoft™to help students address issues of violence
ATLANTA- June 30, 2017 The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change uses philosophy and technology to teach students real solutions and practical steps against violence. Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center, who is celebrating the 6th year of the camp, hosts young people from around the world between the ages of 13-18 for two weeks on The Center’s campus. CampNow™ takes place from June 19th-30th and allows students the opportunity to learn leadership skills, coding for computer games and apps, as well as information on the history of the civil rights movement all within the frame work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘s philosophy and methodology which The Center calls Nonviolence365™ or NV365™. This week The Center kicked off its 49th year of its founding with The Nonviolence 365 Gaming Hackathon at the annual youth camp. The Center teamed up with Microsoft for The Nonviolence 365 Gaming Hackathon which was a two-day event that is the first series of nonviolent games that focuses on providing youth with the skills to resolve conflict situations peacefully using Dr. King’s Philosophy and Principles. Additionally, other experts that use digital equipment for video production taught the students to shoot and edit music videos. As a result, the campers were inspired to create nonviolence music videos.
Dr. King, in his bookStrength to Love stated, “Our children need our presence, not our presents.” The daughter of the civil rights icon expands on the sentiments of her father, “If there was ever a time to raise up globally empowered youth leaders to challenge and transform cultural and social norms that are shaping violent behaviors across our communities…that time is NOW!” The King Center answers to this challenge with CampNOW™. Since its inception in 2012, CampNOW™ has educated hundreds of youth from all walks of life on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Six Principles and Steps of Nonviolent Social Change. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”. CampNOW™ is designed as a direct response to that question by lending a helping hand to educate the next generation about living a nonviolent life and ultimately working towards a beloved community. Youth leaders will have an amazing opportunity to engage with world renowned social activists that lived through the Civil Rights Movement and get a glimpse of what it was like to live through an era of segregation and racism via their life experiences. During the two-week program, students travel to Alabama where they walk in the footsteps of those who fought for equality. Students visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church, and The Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Parsonage, The Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute. Students through CampNow™ relive the past through the eyes of those who experienced it. They learn that they can’t redo the past, but do have the power to build on it to make a better future for all mankind. The King Center would like to thank Wells Fargo, Regions Bank, Martin Luther King, Jr Advisory Council, Alabama Power, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe George for their generous sponsorship toward CampNow™.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is a 501c3 organization established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) is the official living memorial and programmatic nonprofit organization committed to educating the world on the life, legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The King Center serves to inspire new generations to carry forward his unfinished work, strengthen causes and empower change-makers who are continuing his efforts today. The King Center’s premiere educational initiative, Nonviolence365, is based on Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and engages participants from various sectors of society, including emerging and next generation leaders, in modules and exercises that enhance communication, leadership, interpersonal and conflict reconciliation skills.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.