ATLANTA — Dexter Scott King’s life shall be celebrated on Saturday with a candlelight musical expertise.
King, the youngest son of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, died in January at 62 years previous after a battle with prostate most cancers. An announcement of the celebration was made simply days after his dying.
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The celebration is open to the general public at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Jackson Road NE beginning at 6:30 p.m.
These unable to attend the ceremony can watch a dwell stream of the service within the video participant beneath.
“He gave it every part and battled this horrible illness till the tip. As with all of the challenges in his life, he confronted this hurdle with bravery and may,” his spouse, Leah Weber King, mentioned in an announcement final week.
He was additionally remembered by his sister, King Heart CEO Dr. Bernice King, as somebody who “had a imaginative and prescient to construct one thing that may deliver my father to life by means of know-how.”
The King household added in an earlier launch: “In lieu of flowers, The King Household requests donations in reminiscence of Dexter Scott King be given to The King Heart by way of www.thekingcenter.org or textual content MLKGIVE to 44321.”
Extra on Dexter Scott King
Dexter King was born on Jan. 30, 1961, as Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s third little one. The Kings named him after Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, the place his father served his first pastorate, in response to an announcement. Dexter King was solely 7 years previous when his father was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
He attended Frederick Douglass Excessive and adopted in his father’s footsteps by attending Morehouse Faculty. For a time, he served because the Chairman of The King Heart and President of the King Property.
Bernice King remarked that discussing the information was one of many hardest issues she’d ever needed to do, preventing again tears from atop the rostrum, as she mentioned, “admire your management and your love.”
As she continued, Bernice talked about her brother’s many accomplishments from pictures, DJing, working within the Division of Corrections, and finally taking on The King Heart from their mom.
Then she talked about how Dexter fought to protect their father’s legacy by defending defending the middle’s mental property lengthy earlier than many noticed the significance of that. It is a technique that paved the best way for laws that protects the work of creatives right now.
“He was all the time very artistic and modern,” Bernice acknowledged. “He had a imaginative and prescient to construct one thing that may deliver my father to life by means of know-how.”
Even whereas they often disagreed, Bernice mentioned, “None of that destroyed our love and our respect for one another. I all the time admired his sensible thoughts and his skill to innovate…I advised him, you have got essentially the most strategic thoughts I do know.”