Bernice King
Daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bernice King
Bernice Albertine King is the second daughter and youngest child of civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Coretta Scott King. Her older siblings are Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King, and the late Yolanda Denise King. Bernice was only five years old when her father died and is the only King child to become a minister.
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'Don't be afraid of who sits in the White House,' Martin Luther King's daughter urges
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Speaking to a church congregation on Monday (16 January), Bernice King, the youngest daughter of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr, said that "God can triumph over Trump". On the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr Day, his daughter urged the audience at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta not to give up hope. "Don't be afraid of who sits in the White House," she said to a round of applause, following which she went on to commend the progressive efforts made by the fifth congressional district.
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Remembering the life and sacrifice of Martin Luther King Jr.
Fox News - about 1 month
Bernice King reflects
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These Are The Fierce Activists Leading The Women’s March On Washington
Huffington Post - 3 months
The Women’s March On Washington is happening come hell or high water, march leaders say, and it’s largely thanks to three women: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour. The demonstration in Washington D.C. on Jan. 21 ― the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ― is designed to say “You know what? Women do matter, our voices are strong,” said national co-chair Bob Bland, speaking with her three fellow co-chairs Mallory, Perez and Sarsour in a conference call on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the event has had a rocky start. Though more than 120,000 people say they plan to attend on Facebook, the organizers still don’t have a permit. The original location, the Lincoln Memorial, will not be available. But the march will still take place, they say ― the question is simply precisely where and when. “This march is happening,” Perez told The Huffington Post on Thursday. The march has more to overcome than logistical concerns, however ...
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Bernie Sanders Ate Soul Food With Rapper Killer Mike
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Ahead of a Monday night rally in Atlanta, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) fueled up with some soul food. His guide for the day: rapper and Atlanta native Killer Mike, who took the Democratic presidential candidate to The Busy Bee Cafe, a famous soul food joint in the city. According to ABC News, Sanders ordered fried chicken, dark meat, yams, rice and gravy. Brought this guy to Busy Bee on MLK in ATL. pic.twitter.com/K93EUniUZE — Killer Mike (@KillerMike) November 23, 2015 Bernie Sanders and rapper Killer Mike at Busy Bee in Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/jqOiLlMgrQ — John Wagner (@WPJohnWagner) November 23, 2015 Killer Mike, who endorsed Sanders in June, will introduce the candidate at Monday's rally. The rapper, whose real name is Michael Render, has become a prominent activist on police brutality, voting rights and other issues affecting the black community. He announced his support after Sanders pledged to fully restore the Voting Rights Act, part of wh ...
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Gay Rights, Religious Freedom and the Moral Arc
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
My friends Jürgen and Heiko, whom I met through my German wife Jennifer, wed in Germany. In many European countries same-sex marriage is non-controversial. How long will it take for America to catch up to Europe's respect for human rights? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is bending toward justice for gays and lesbians faster than any moral rights revolution in history, as evidenced this week in Indiana. The collision between "religious freedom" laws that allow discrimination against targeted groups like gays and the expanding moral sphere that has led to more tolerance over the past half century were on display in Indiana and elsewhere this week. The fact that the issue involves "religious" freedom tells us the source of those who still resist the right for everyone to be treated equally under the law, and for all people to enjoy the fruits of liberty as protected in the Constitution. Religion. It is religion more than anything else that keeps people from wa ...
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter Bernice King arrives in Selma for Bloody Sunday anniversary
Fox News - almost 2 years
The daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr. is in Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march.
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MLK's Kids' Money Fight -- So What Else Is New?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
So the children of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- sons Martin Luther III, Dexter Scott, and their sister, Rev. Bernice King -- are squabbling because the boys want to sell a few items from their dad's "stuff," and sissy thinks that's a bad idea. When I first read about the dispute, I rolled my eyes back and sighed despondently, as though I had heard about the loss of something or someone that was near and dear to me. Then, after a couple moments of reflection, I said of this repugnant family rift, "So What!" I then pulled up the O'Jays singing their 1975 hit: For the love of money/People will steal from their mother/For the love of money, people will rob their own brother. There is nothing new about the King siblings' money grab, except, of course, it's happening in a famous family that lives in a glass house from which they have been chucking rocks with dollar signs on them since the days when most of the symbolism of the Civil Rights Movement were converted for financial gain. ...
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MLK's Daughter Bernice King Blasts Brothers At Press Conference Over Lawsuit
Huffington Post - about 3 years
ATLANTA – Flanked by family and supporters, the Rev. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thursday morning held a press conference to address a lawsuit filed by her brothers.
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Estate Wants His Daughter, Bernice King, To Give Up Nobel Peace Prize
Huffington Post - about 3 years
ATLANTA (AP) — The estate of Martin Luther King Jr. is asking a judge to force the civil rights icon's daughter to relinquish her father's Nobel Peace Prize and "traveling" Bible. The complaint against Bernice King was filed Friday in an Atlanta court by her father's estate, which is controlled by her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. The lawsuit says Martin Luther King Jr.'s heirs in 1995 assigned their rights to property inherited from the civil rights icon to the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. The lawsuit says Bernice King has "secreted and sequestered" the medal and Bible in violation of that agreement. Bernice King says in a statement that her brothers want to sell the medal and Bible to a private buyer and that she opposes that. More from Adelle M. Banks at Religion News Service: (RNS) The daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said Tuesday (Feb. 4) that she will fight her brothers’ attempts to sell their famous father’s Bible — used at Presid ...
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This Offensive 'Freedom 2 Twerk' MLK Poster Actually Turned Into Something Great
Huffington Post - about 3 years
A "Freedom 2 Twerk" party may have been ostensibly planned to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but naturally, it instead seemed to offend most who saw its flyers. Now, it's been cancelled -- and the venue owner is using it as a chance to honor King, for real. The party planned for Saturday in Flint, Mich. made headlines with its flyer showing King's head superimposed on another person wearing a chain to promote the event. This can't be real. Please be a joke. #freedom2twerk ? pic.twitter.com/4xbilBBkQI — Ryan Kromer (@RKromer5) January 14, 2014 The event was reportedly to be hosted by Mid-Michigan Teen Parties, a group that hosted a New Year's party and has since deleted their Facebook page. The venue was the Social Network Banquet and Event Center, which isn't affiliated with the party promoters. King's likeness and message have been misused to promote parties before, and a graphic designer took heat over his flyer for a Miami strip club in 2012. But this time, it dr ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bernice King
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 48
    In January 2012 Bernice King was named CEO of the King Center.
    More Details Hide Details Due to her profile and skill in public speaking, King has been asked to speak around the world. At seventeen, she was invited to speak at the United Nations in the absence of her mother.
    However, during Atlanta's 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally, King included LGBT people among the various groups who needed to come together to "fulfill her father’s legacy."
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  • 2011
    Age 47
    In January 2011, she stepped down as President citing disagreements with the organization's leadership.
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  • 2009
    Age 45
    With her brother Martin Luther King III, she has played an active part in reforming the Southern Christian Leadership Conference once led by their father. When she was elected President and CEO of SCLC on October 30, 2009, a position previously held by both her father and brother, she became the first woman to lead the group, but discord in the organization has prevented her taking that position.
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    On July 7, 2009, Bernice spoke alongside her brother, Martin Luther King III, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during a ceremony commemorating the life of Michael Jackson.
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    On January 20, 2009, she joined the CNN Situation Room with her brother, Martin Luther King III, to discuss the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.
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  • 2008
    Age 44
    In 2008, Bernice King and her brother, Martin Luther King III, brought suit against their brother Dexter Scott King, who brought a counter-suit against them over mismanagement of funds from the King Center.
    More Details Hide Details Dexter King articulated his distress at Bernice King's conservative religious views as departing from their father's legacy. In October, 2009, the lawsuits were settled out of court.
  • 2007
    Age 43
    On January 30, 2007, one year after the death of her mother Coretta Scott King, Bernice King founded the Be A King Scholarship at Spelman College, Georgia, in honor of her mother's legacy.
    More Details Hide Details Bernice King donated $100,000 of her personal funds, while $75,000 was donated from Home Depot and $15,000 from New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The scholarship will be awarded to two rising seniors at Spelman college who are majoring in music, education or psychology.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    In 2006, King was with her mother when she died in a hospital in Mexico.
    More Details Hide Details On December 14, 2007, at the State Bar of Georgia Headquarters, Bernice King was honored by the Georgia Alliance of African American Attorneys by being presented with the "Commitment to Community" award for her work as an attorney and community leader.
  • 2004
    Age 40
    In 2004, Bernice King participated in a march against same-sex marriage in Atlanta.
    More Details Hide Details This action was in contrast to the advocacy of her mother, Coretta Scott King and her older sister Yolanda Denise King, both long-time, outspoken supporters of gay rights.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 32
    In 1996, King published a collection of her sermons and speeches called Hard Questions, Heart Answers.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 26
    King says she once considered suicide before God intervened. At the age of twenty-four, she decided to become a minister and in 1990 received a Master's degree in Divinity from the Candler School of Theology and a Juris Doctor in Law from Emory University School of Law.
    More Details Hide Details King is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. She is a former elder at New Birth (resigned May 2011). In 2000, she narrated the Lincoln Portrait at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Kiel.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born on March 28, 1963.
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