On, June 16, we welcomed two extraordinary IWF members for a much-needed conversation. Members were invited to a special virtual event with Dr. Bernice A. King and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best on the critical topic of policing, racism, community and cooperation. Jeanne Meserve, award-winning journalist and former CNN correspondent, will moderate the session.
Dr. Bernice A. King is a member of IWF Georgia and CEO of The King Center, a resource center and community institution for nonviolent social change founded by her mother in 1968. She is the youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King, founding member of IWF Georgia, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At the King Center, Dr. King educates youth and adults about the nonviolence principles espoused by her parents.
In November 2019, IWF Washington State member Chief Carmen Best presented her innovative work on community policing to the IWF membership during the annual Ideas Remaking the World session in Toronto. As Chief of the Seattle Police Department, she has substantially changed the policing methods and practices of the SPD, with a focus on relationship-building and community trust. You can watch Chief Best’s presentation, titled “Improving Relationships Between Law Enforcement and the Community," by clicking here.
Together, these two leaders discussed the unfolding events of the last few weeks, how we reached this point, and what can be done to ensure a more just and equitable future.