The general public was invited to share within the memorial service for Dexter King, the son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King on the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. The Celebration of Life and Legacy was well-attended by civil rights icons, political dignitaries, celebrities, and the public- all of whom got here to recollect Dexter King.
Earlier than the formal celebration started, Leah Weber King, the spouse of Dexter King mentioned, “I simply wish to welcome you to a lovely night we’re about to have celebrating Dexter and all of his accomplishments and contributions to the King legacy, to his household, to my household. We wish everyone to reward the Lord for the spectacular life that he gave to us and to Dexter and we hope you take pleasure in it.”
U. S. Senator of Ga and Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Rev. Raphael G. Warnock supplied the opening prayer.
After that, friends had been handled to a number of highly effective musical choices by the Celebration Choir together with a solo by Latrice Tempo and a Gospel-inspired rendition of R&B Artists SWV’s “Rain.”
The Spelman Faculty Glee Membership carried out a robust rendition of “Wade within the Water.”
A video montage of household images, video snippets of Dexter King and interviews from those that knew him was woven between units of the meticulously crafted program.
Superstar performances included members of the Gospel-royalty household, The Winans-CeCe, BeBe, and Pastor Marvin Winans who joked that his dad and mom simply couldn’t cease having youngsters.
Martin Luther King, III was the primary of the members of the family to pay tribute to his brother and he obtained a rousing standing ovation in addition to his sister Rev. Dr. Bernice King, adopted by Weber King.
Each siblings additionally delicately addressed their previous conflicts they’ve had as a household, that grew to become public points. Rev. Dr. King expressed her deep love for her brother and King III affirmed their dedication to work “collectively” sooner or later.
In addition they each shared fond and humorous childhood tales of Dexter together with a time when Dexter’s “present for gab” averted a visit for him and Martin III within the patty-wagon for driving motor bikes on the street.
Bernice King laughed at her reminiscence of a time when Dexter threatened to run away from dwelling.
“Dexter ran away, and we had been searching for him. He was within the yard within the doghouse. That was humorous,” she mentioned.
She additionally remembered how Dexter all the time requested “Why?”, which she says was indicative of his inquisitive nature and good thoughts.
“Dexter you’re too outdated for this, shut up!”, she remembered they instructed him.
Weber King paid tribute to her husband with an open letter, which recounted how their romance started and blossomed, how they labored arduous to guard it, and the way a lot she admired him for his arduous work on behalf of his household.
R&B music legend Stevie Marvel wrapped up the music celebrations along with his efficiency of, “They Received’t Go, Once I Go.”
It was certainly a celebration match for a King.
In lieu of flowers the King household ask that donations be made to The King Heart at www.thekingcenter.org.