King`s daughter says wars, gun violence, racism have pushed humanity to the brink
Jan 04

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ATLANTA (AP) __ Citing gun violence in the U.S., the deaths of families in Ukraine and Gaza from war, and threats from artificial intelligence, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter said Thursday the world urgently needs to study and adopt her father`s philosophy of nonviolence to avoid self-destruction.

The Rev. Bernice King used an address to announce events for the upcoming holiday in honor of her father to warn that humanity was at a critical juncture.

"We are witnessing unprecedented loss of human life and especially among the Black, brown and indigenous people throughout the world,`` she said.

She also mentioned conflicts in Yemen, Congo and Ethiopia and cited racism against Black people as another threat to humans, saying it remained a "blight" more than 50 years after her father was assassinated.

Overall, humanity was dangerously close to fulfilling her father`s prophecy that it could destroy itself through the misuse of its own instruments, she warned. By The Associated Press, Copyright 2023