‘World Urged to Build on Dr. Martin Luther King’s Work for Equality and Social justice’ – UN Chief


Human Wrongs Watch 

4 April 2018 — Recalling the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago on 4 April, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged the world to build on the civil rights leader’s work for equality and social justice.

UN Photo | Dr. Martin Luther King and Mrs. King are greeted by Ralph Bunche on a visit to the United Nations in 1964.
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“Dr. King was one of the moral giants of the 20th century. He devoted his life to equality, justice, and non-violent social change,” said the UN chief in a statement attributable to his spokesperson.

“Decades after his death, he continues to inspire all those around the world who are struggling for human rights and human dignity in the face of oppression, discrimination and injustice.”

Dr. King’s advocacy and pronouncements against discrimination, and in favour of social justice, of global understanding and the virtues of diversity are more relevant today than ever, added the Secretary-General.

Born in January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. King was shot and killed on the evening of 4 April 1968 while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city.

In 1978, ten years after his death, the civil rights leader was posthumously awarded the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights, honouring him for his outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights instruments.

Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. (SOURCE: UN).

Read also:

Nonviolence or Nonexistence? The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

“We Still Have a Choice Today: Nonviolent Coexistence or Violent Coannihilation” — Martin Luther King

Welcome to the Land of Luther King!

We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter 15: Martin Luther King Jr

Jesse Jackson Issues Call at UN for ‘Global Coalition of Conscience’ to Cement Human Rights

2018 Human Wrongs Watch 

 

 

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