On the occasion of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 20, 2014, Ambassador John B. Emerson joined over 300 high school students from Berlin and Brandenburg for a panel discussion at a youth “future conference” hosted by the FEZ Berlin located in Berlin-Koepenick. The conference has been organized by the FEZ Berlin, Europe’s largest youth and community center, in cooperation with the Berlin-Brandenburg State Institute for Schools and Media (LISUM). Additional supporters of the conference include several local democracy education organizations, as well as the American Jewish Committee.
Together with four representatives of the students, the Brandenburg State Minister for Education, Youth and Sports, Dr. Martina Münch and Special Representative for Dialogue among Civilizations at the Foreign Office, Ambassador Heinrich Bernhard Kreft, Ambassador John B. Emerson discussed issues of democracy, freedom and equal and civil rights.
The panel discussion was preceded by Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., President Emeritus and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), who gave an inspiring speech on the importance of King’s dream today. Together with the interesting questions posed by the students and the insightful Q&A session with the U.S. Ambassador, the conference proved that King’s dream of a world, where all people are created equal is still more than relevant for us today.