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Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr Won't Lead SCLC

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

For more than a year, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has declined to serve as president in a group her father co-founded.

Now Reverend Bernice King doesn't want the job at all.

Reverend King says she's decided to abandon the Southern Christian Leadership Conference because the once proud organization has struggled to stay relevant.

She says the group has split in two different directions and had its finances scrutinized. The former chairman was also indicted on theft charges last week.

Martin Luther King, III says, "I think she was in an awkward position and she prays a whole lot, so I think as a result she was led to no longer want to accept the position."

The SCLC led the movement to end segregation in public facilities and earned more rights for million of black Americans today.


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