Farris Watkins and Cameron Friend on Radio

Youth and Millennial Engagement Coordinator Cameron Friend and Farris Watkins, great-niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., join the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio podcast to discuss The King Center and the great legacy of Dr. King. Friend and Watkins join hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick for the Around Atlanta Segment.

With a tremendous legacy to uphold, part of Friend’s role as youth and millennial engagement coordinator at The King Center is to find ways to connect upcoming generations with the principal steps towards nonviolence. Established by Coretta Scott King in the year Dr. King was assassinated, The King Center upholds the teachings of the late Civil Rights leader and offers training and education focused on the center’s mission. Friend works to find ways to share the story of Dr. King with younger generations looking to help solve challenges throughout the world.

Friend shared, “We just want to make sure we’re empowering and equipping the next generation with the tools necessary to help them understand the critical issues and learn how to rethink those issues according to the tenants of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Fondly known to her as Uncle ML, Watkins shared how she remembers Dr. King not as a famous historical figure but as her uncle with a servant’s heart. She also shared how her family taught her to remember her great uncle’s legacy as an honor and sacrifice rather than prestige.

Watkins said, “He was a family man first. He cared so much about his family and his church.”

While representing the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the existence of The King Center is in thanks to the work of Coretta Scott King, the wife of the late civil rights leader. Mrs. King oversaw the center’s work until she died, continuing his teachings for emerging generations. The center is the only international living memorial to the life and legacy of both Dr. King and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, also housing the crypts of the two historical figures on the museum campus.

Friend remarked on the tremendous honor and responsibility surrounding the center’s mission to promote and support “The Beloved Community” and the movement of nonviolence. Through the ReThink podcast, Watkins and Friend help to deliver the tools available to listeners in order to have relevant and impactful conversations. In the current culture, these conversations are more important than ever due to prominent societal divisions.

Friend said, “People are always trying to find ways, especially young people, to resolve issues.”

Tune in to the full interview above for more information on The King Center, the legacy of Dr. King and Mrs. Coretta Scott King as well as the ReThink podcast, hosted by Farris Watkins and Cameron Friend. To learn more about The King Center, visit www.TheKingCenter.org.

Tune in to the full interview above for more information on The King Center, the legacy of Dr. King and Mrs. Coretta Scott King as well as the ReThink podcast, hosted by Farris Watkins and Cameron Friend. To learn more about The King Center, visit www.TheKingCenter.org.

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