Friday, October 30, 2009

Bernice King is now SCLC leader

The youngest of the children from Dr. Martin Luther and Corretta Scott King, Bernice, now is the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).  The 46-year-old Bernice King is the first female president of the 52-year-old organization which her father was the founding president of during the Civil Rights Movement.

Last week she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"It is a destiny call.  It is part of my father and mother's legacy and a continuation of the legacy he started in the '50s and '60s through this organization. I believe that the hand of God is leading me."
However, until last month she was involved in a bitter legal battle with her sibling Dexter over the estate of her parents.  A judge ordered them to begin negotiations, and the three were able to reach a settlement.

Also she is the only King child that has protested against anything LGBT in particular same-sex unions.  In 2004, she was involved in a march along with her cousin, Alveda King, and other black evangelicals including Eddie Long against same-sex unions near the King Center in Atlanta.  So, you know what's going to happen with the stance on same-sex unions and the SCLC although the Southern California chapter leadership has diverged from the others by supporting it like follow civil rights org the NAACP SoCal chapter.

Oh Bernice, you will be a ball of fun watching and listening to...

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