Dexter King’s Life and Legacy Celebrated by Buddies and Household, Stevie Marvel Performs

Household, pals and Ebenezer Baptist Church congregants held a particular Candlelight service on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, to mark the passing of and have a good time the lifetime of Dexter Scott King, 62, and youngest son of Dr. Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King. Scott King succumbed to prostate most cancers after a three-and-half-year battle with the illness and just one week after the nationwide celebration of his famed father’s birthday on Jan. 15.

The youthful King’s outstanding life and legacy has been marked worldwide by native, nationwide and international leaders since his loss of life on Jan. 22 and supporters took half in a particular ceremony for the “Keeper of the Dream” on the church situated on historic Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. Lead by the remaining King youngsters, Martin lll and Dr. Berniece King, and Scott King’s spouse Leah, a bunch of celebrants together with Ambassador Andrew, Sen. Ralph Warnock and leisure legend Stevie Marvel, marked the occasion with an outpouring of remembrances and tributes.

“Dexter King was 62 years outdated when he handed and he was seven when his father handed,” defined former Atlanta mayor, U.S. Ambassador Andrew Younger. “It truly is tough rising up not solely and not using a father, however with the expectations that your father was … a political savior of this nation, and we don’t need to do it, however we at all times look to the kids to what their fathers did,” mentioned Younger. “It didn’t occur with the Kennedy’s it didn’t occur with anyone, however Dr. King’s youngsters have achieved extraordinarily properly in following in his footsteps … Dexter took it upon himself as he grew older to be chargeable for that legacy. … He took it upon himself to guard the fitting to make use of his [father’s] title respectfully at a really younger age,” Younger continued noting that the King Youngsters, Dexter, Martin lll, Berniece and Yolanda King who died in 2007, had achieved a outstanding job of defending and securing the slain civil rights chief’s papers documenting his contribution to human rights.

King’s sister, Dr. Berniece King, CEO of the King Heart in Atlanta famous that her brother’s passing had profoundly impacted the surviving members of the King household. “Dexter had an inquisitive thoughts … and he wasn’t glad with floor solutions. Dexter was looking for one thing deeper and people had been the one seeds of him turning into an analytical and good and consummate strategist par excellence,” Rev. Berneice King mentioned of her youthful brother who she admits ceaselessly engaged in prolonged discussions with relations and Kingian Non-Violence practitioners concerning the significance of constant the struggle for justice with out hesitation or pause.

Leah King, the activist and writer’s widow delivered a poignant tribute to her husband earlier than iconic singer and songwriter carried out his hit music, They Received’t’ Go After I Go.” Marvel has been an ardent supporter of the King household and its efforts to comprehend the dream of Dr. King, ceaselessly lending his celeb and worldwide affect to advance the civil rights motion together with serving to to get Dr. M.L. King’s birthday acknowledged as a federal vacation.

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