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New York Metropolitan Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolence (NYMLK), a United Nations NGO, utilizes the Kingian principles, philosophy and methodologies to positively impact on the problems of social justice  on a local, national and international scale. Cliff Frazier, was appointed Executive Director of NYMLK in 1995.Located in one of the poorest communities, within the poorest congressional district in the nation, in collaboration with the Morrisania Revitalization Corporation, NYMLK provides social advocacy work and institutes educational, job training and employment programs that sustain community development and further the cause for peace, progress and nonviolence.

Numerous programs, workshops and projects that empower community residents have been organized and / or sponsored by NYMLK. They include (but are not limited to):

  • Harriet Tubman Charter School, co-founded in the Bronx in 2000 by Cliff Frazier, NYMLK and the African American Legal Defense and Education Fund. It was the first charter school awarded by the New York State Board of Regents.

  • Cliff Frazier chaired the Bronx Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement in 2005. He arranged for five buses to travel to Washington, DC with 260 riders. NYMLK created the Bronx Development and Enrichment (BDEI) as an outgrowth of this effort.

  • NYMLK partnered with SUNY'S Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) in establishing a $500,000 state-of-the-art high tech computer laboratory to provide digital parity for communities in the South Bronx that have had limited access to computer technology.

Through NYMLK / BDEI various workshops and seminars were sponsored including:

  • Disaster Awareness for Community Preparedness

  • Business Development Workshops, with representatives from HSB Bank, Neighborhood Business Operations, Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

  • Health Care Seminars, with representatives from NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene

  • Harlem Birth Action Committee

  • Stop the Violence, meetings

  • Boy Scout Troop 777

Other programs conducted by NYMLK were:

  • Peace Academy Tutorial Program: assisted students with difficulty in school
  • Multi-Cultural Enrichment Program: celebrates and highlights different cultures
  • Ella Baker / Cleveland Robinson Nonviolence Youth Leadership Academy: trained 50 youth and young adults in the Principles and Steps of Kingian Nonviolence and Youth Leadership Skills. Two of the graduates became attorneys, one a doctor, many became teachers; and the majority went to college. (The program included the training of South African and Bosnian youth who have returned to their respective countries to implement these non-violence initiatives).
  • Immigration / U.S. Citizenship Program: processed over 1,000 legal immigrants for U.S. Citizenship. Over 900 became citizens.


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