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Monday, January 9, 2012

All the King kids now involved with King Center

Funnin with mom, from Bernice Kings website
  • Funnin' with mom, from Bernice King's website
Hoo, boy. Just got a release from the long-beleaguered MLK Center — the one controlled by the family, not the MLK National Historic Site run by the U.S. Parks Service — saying that Bernice King, the civil rights leader's youngest daughter, has newly assumed the role of CEO of the center.

Bernice is the only King kid to had followed in her father's footsteps by becoming a minister. Unfortunately, she is best known for participating in a 2004 march against same-sex marriage and for her avid support of disgraced New Birth charlatan "Bishop" Eddie Long. (She only quit the church this May when Long settled his collection of pederasty lawsuits.)

Like her two older brothers, Marty and Dexter, Bernice appears to support herself from speaking honoraria and licensing fees from her father's writings and image. You may recall a couple years back, Bernice was named president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the outfit her father co-founded in 1957. But she never ended up serving, in part because the board wouldn't give her as much control as she wanted.

So now she's landed at the King Center, where she'll presumably be working with brothers Marty and Dexter, who serve there as, respectively, president and board chairman. This could be dicey, as she and Marty sued Dexter, who sued them right back, over alleged misuse of center funds in 2008. The suits were settled in 2009.

Anyway, it's a good chance to see if the King kids can finally play nice together.

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