King Center in Atlanta (Getty Images File)
ATLANTA -- The King Center is sponsoring two summer camp sessions, the "N.O.W. Encounter: Kingian Nonviolence in Action" from June 25-29 and July 16-20 to help prepare young people to apply Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy of nonviolence to resolve conflicts in their daily lives and to become ambassadors for nonviolent social change. The day camp sessions, which will be conducted at The King Center, will also include "experiential learning" field trips to Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama.
"Our 2012 summer youth encounter will prepare youth to be influential leaders and change agents serving as catalysts to their peers, as well as help them to enhance their leadership and team-building skills" said King Center C.E.O. Bernice A. King in announcing the camps. "We're presenting a fantastic opportunity for young people to experience an amazing week of Edu-inspir-tainment: education, inspiration and entertainment."
The campers' program will include: team-building activities; creative presentations; non-competitive sports games; contemporary positive music; celebrity guests; and the historical bus tour to Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama to educate participants about the nonviolent Civil Rights Movements in those cities.
Ms. King added that "based on my father's philosophy of nonviolence, the camp's aim is to educate a select group of youth to manage conflicts in their personal lives, at school and in their communities before situations escalate to violence."
Participants in the N.O.W. (Nonviolence Opportunity Watch) Encounter will include 40 young people from diverse communities, ages 13-18 in each session, by invitation only.
Ms. King said the camps will provide an "action-packed, fun-filled and life-changing week" for the participants.