Martin Luther King III is an American politician, author, community leader, and human rights advocate.
King was born on October 23, 1957, in Montgomery, Alabama, USA, to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
He was raised alongside a brother, Dexter, and two sisters, Bernice and Yolanda, in Atlanta, near the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where his grandfather and father preached.
His father, Martin Luther King Jr., was pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize – at the age of 35.
In 1957, Martin Luther King, Jr. was selected as one of the ten most outstanding personalities of the year by Time Magazine. In the same year, Martin Luther King, Jr. was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
When Martin Luther King III was ten years old, his father was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. King said to Rolling Stone magazine:
”I would have to say that I was in a state of shock.”
He also said:
”So more than anything, I was trying to get a hold on what was happening.”
In another interview, King said about Martin Luther King, Jr.:
”My father’s views were unequivocal, and I have found them to be invaluable to me as guidelines for prayerful consideration of current events and issues.”
His grandfather, Martin Luther King Sr., was an early figure in the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King Sr. started his ministerial degree at the Morehouse School of Religion in 1926. He was the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church for about 40 years.
In 1979, King received his B.A. degree in political science from Morehouse College.
On November 1, 1997, he was voted as the head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an African-American civil rights organization.
From 1987 to 1993, he was a commissioner of Fulton County, Georgia.
In June 2001, The Southern Christian Leadership Conference suspended King III from the presidency. However, he was reinstated one week later.
He presented the ceremonial coin at Super Bowl XL on February 5, 2006.
King founded the nonprofit organization Realizing the Dream, Inc. in 2006.
He threw out the first pitch at the Major League Baseball Civil Rights Game on March 29, 2008.
On July 7, 2009, he gave a tribute at Michael Jackson’s memorial service.
In 2010, Martin Luther King III received the Ramakrishna Bajaj Memorial Global Award ”for outstanding contributions to the promotion of human rights.”
He was awarded the Humanitarian Award by the Montreal Black Film Festival on September 29, 2015.
In 2017, Martin held a private meeting with Donald Trump on Monday.
”[Donald Trump] said that he is going to represent all Americans.”
Martin went on to say:
”He said that over and over again… I believe, that that’s his intent but I think also we have to consistently engage with pressure.”
In January 2020, Trump tweeted: ”African-American Unemployment is the LOWEST in the history of our country, by far. Also, best Poverty, Youth, and Employment numbers, ever.”
King III said on CNN: ”I think they’re always good words, but the question is: Is it actually documented and true?”
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Martin Luther King III married Andrea Waters in 2006.
Martin and Andrea have a daughter named Yolanda Renee King (b. on May 25, 2008).
She spoke at the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington at the age of 9.
”We are better, we can do better, we must, we’re a better nation than the behavior we see.” (WJLA)
”For every justice campaign, there was a policy initiative associated with it.”
”If we move forward with purpose, we will complete the work my father began in the 60s.”
”If we are to be a great democracy, we must all take an active role in our democracy.”
”The task is not done. The journey is not complete. We can, and we must do more.”
”I remember him as my dad, a man who loved his family and made an extra effort to give us quality time, when he was home.” (AARP)
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In 2019, he proposed Texas to grant a reprieve to death row inmate Rodney Reed.
Martin was arrested on June 26, 1985, while taking part in a protest in Washington.
Martin Luther King III – Net Worth
King earned most of his wealth from founding the company that manages the license of his father’s image and intellectual property as well as from serving as an elected county commission member in Fulton County. Therefore, Martin Luther King III has an estimated net worth of $1 million.
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