Martin Luther King III That Was Not What Dad Said

January 27, 2012 by staff 

Martin Luther King III That Was Not What Dad Said, Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of the slain civil rights leader, announced on Tuesday that he will step down as president of the Atlanta-based center devoted to the legacy of his father.

The resignation comes a day after President Obama led the nation in commemorating the life and career of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by celebrating the federal holiday established to honor his memory as a day of service. The resignation also comes on the heels of the center’s announcement Jan. 9 of a major overhaul, one that included keeping Martin Luther King III as president but replacing him as chief executive with his sister, Bernice.

Their brother Dexter continues as chairman of the center’s board.

Martin Luther King III could not be reached for comment and messages left with the center were not returned.

In his resignation statement, King said he was stepping down as president but would continue to be an active member of the board. He said that he would concentrate on a new organization devoted to his father’s goals.

“I will be devoting my primary future efforts towards launching a new organization that will focus on supporting a new generation of young ‘drum majors for justice’ worldwide to expand my commitment to the Kingian principles of nonviolence, social justice, and human rights,” King said in the statement published on the website of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Since that posting, the resignation has been widely reported on other Atlanta-based media outlets.

“To that end, I will announce further details in the coming weeks,” King said.

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