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Martin Luther King III    

Civil Rights Activist, Global Humanitarian & Political Leader

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III serves as an ambassador of his parent’s legacy of nonviolent social change.

A graduate of his father's Alma mater, Morehouse College, Mr. King has devoted his life to working in the non-profit sector to promote civil rights and global human rights and to eradicate the “triple evils” of racism, militarism and poverty his father identified as the scourges of humankind. As a high school student, he served as a Page to Senator Edward Kennedy, and continued his public service, supporting social change movements through speaking engagements, appearances and his writing. He was later elected as a member of the Fulton County, GA Board of Commissioners, representing over 700,000 residents.

As the elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization co-founded by his father, Mr. King reinvigorated SCLC by stabilizing the governance, program and development components. As founder and president of Realizing the Dream, Inc., he took his father’s message to a global audience, spearheading nonviolence training in Bosnia Herzegovina, India, Israel & Palestine, Kenya, Sri Lanka and the United States.

A former President and CEO of the Atlanta-based King Center, Mr. King remains a member of its Board of Directors. In addition, he serves as a board member of: Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Drum Major Institute, a New York based Think-Tank and the Metropolitan West Management Asset Corporation.

Mr. King has also served as an election monitor and observer in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. In addition, Mr. King has conducted nearly 40 Poverty Study Tours in a groundbreaking initiative, which has sparked public debate and law enforcement advocacy on the issue of poverty.

In conjunction with Ambassador Andrew Young and other partners, Mr. King co-founded Bounce TV, the first independently owned and operated TV network featuring African-Americans. The network’s content includes movies, sports, documentaries and original programming.

The recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, Mr. King is married to Arndrea Waters King and the father of a daughter, Yolanda Rene named in honor of his late sister Yolanda Denise King.

Speech Topics

Leadership in the Face of Adversity: Strategies for Taking a Stand and Making it Count

With a career in activism that spans over two decades, Martin Luther King III knows what it takes to make valuable change happen. Whether promoting peace in foreign countries, leading demonstrations against unjust labor practices, or pushing for effective legislation, King has nearly unrivaled expertise when it comes to inspiring revolutionary transformations and implementing new strategies. Having been a driving force behind countless institutional, political and social changes, King is an authority on making a difference -- and making it last.

Continuing the Legacy: The Civil Rights Struggles of the 21st Century

As the son of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century, taking a stand against injustice and advocating for human rights is in Martin Luther King III's blood. A global humanitarian who has traveled worldwide to make a difference in the lives of all people, King has unique insight into the civil rights battles being waged every day. In this presentation, King calls attention to injustices, both in the United States and abroad, and the steps needed to make equality for all not just a dream, but a reality.


DePauw University welcomes Martin Luther King III
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Martin Luther King III to speak at Rowan
GLASSBORO For Rowan University's 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, the civil rights leader's eldest son will deliver the keynote ...

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