Bernice King talked about the government shutdown while announcing the 2019 MLK Holiday Commemorative events

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Bernice King: 'Worse Than A Depression' If Government Isn't Reopened. It Has To Be About People.

Announces 2019 King Holiday Observance activities

Maria Boynton
January 11, 2019 - 11:32 am

The annual media conference to announce the lineup of King Holiday Observance events was an emotional one for King Center CEO Dr. Bernice King. Because of the partial government shutdown, the National Park Service did not participate as a partner in the annual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther and Mrs. Coretta Scott King. 

"I feel a little bit of saddness", said King, "because our main partner in this district is the National Park Service , and they're not here with us today."  Clearing her throat and fighting back tears, King said "we continue to pray and hope that the members of Congress and the President of the United States will find a pathway forward so that the people who work for our government every day can get back to work and support their families, do the things that they are passionate about, and continue to move our country forward."

The King Center is operating normally during the shutdown.

As there appears to be no immediate end in sight to the partial government shutdown, I asked King what needs to happen, for the matter to be resolved. " Both sides have to be willing to give up something", she added "more importantly, both sides have to think about 'how can I give the other side a win'." King went on to say, "most times we don't think that when we're in conflict, we think about our own positon, and we drive hard holding the line." The youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King continued by saying, "This situation is putting a strain on so many peoples' lives. At the end of the day it has to be about people. If everybody continues to dig-in, we're headed for worse than a depression."

The King Center CEO laid out 10-days of events during the 2019 observance of the King Holiday.

Click here for a complete listing of MLK Holiday Observance events.