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Bernice King talks about King Center, MLK Day events

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As preparations are made to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday, his daughter talked to FOX 5 about important decisions she'll have to make as chief executive of the King Center.

Bernice King is the now the most visible member of the King Center. She'll be out front when people gather on Monday for the ecumenical service celebrating Dr. King's birthday.

"2013 is the time for healing and reconciliation because we've been through so much tragedy," Bernice King said.

It's anticipated that King Day speakers will touch on the gun debate.

"The more we arm ourselves, the more that we going to have to arm ourselves and then we're going to have to arm ourselves more, and eventually we'll be at war with each other. Daddy said it best, ‘violence only begets violence,'" she said.

Monday's service will include a heavy lineup from the religious community.

"It's usually a very moving and inspiring service that we will hear, not from the typical greetings that we usually receive because all of the elected officials will be in D.C. this year [for the presidential inauguration]," Bernice King said.

The CEO of the Center says she will continue to promote the King legacy and message around the world. At home, the Center board has some important decisions ahead.   

One is what to do about the buildings that house the King Center; they are aging and are in need of an overhaul.

August will mark 50 years since King's famous "I have a dream" speech was delivered in the nation's capital.

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