The King Center ovserved the 2013 birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50 year anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech with their annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner on January 19, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia. Their first annual Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. (Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leaders) award was given to youth activist, Alec Loorz for his leadership and commitment to nonviolent social change by empowering youth to speak up on the critical issue of climate change.

Dr. King’s daughter and CEO of the King Center, Elder Bernice King, selected Alec as the inaugural youth award recipient because he “exemplifies the spirit of youth activism for environmental progress and the pursuit of social progress through my father’s philosophy and methods of nonviolent conflict reconciliation.”

Alec is founder of Kids vs Global Warming, an organization that empowers youth to stand up for their right to a livable planet. As part of the TRUST campaign, he is lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the federal government to protect the atmosphere for future generations under the public trust doctrine. iMatterYouth.org

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