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Today we mourn the loss of a great civil rights leader, a man who adamantly fought alongside his siblings to keep his parents’ legacy alive. The siblings did have their disagreements among themselves, but they continued with the “Dream.”

Dexter Scott King, who dedicated much of his life to shepherding the civil rights legacy of his parents, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, died Monday after battling prostate cancer. He was 62.

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The story of a remarkable life

Dexter Scott King was an American businessman and the second son of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. He was born on January 30, 1961, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Growing up, Dexter was deeply influenced by his parents’ advocacy for racial equality and social justice. He attended Morehouse College, where his father also studied and graduated with a degree in business administration.

After his father’s assassination in 1968, Dexter, along with his siblings, became more involved in the Civil Rights Movement, participating in marches and demonstrations. He also joined the Board of Directors for the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, founded by his mother. In the 1980s,

Furthermore, Dexter co-founded the King Center Imaging Project, a program that preserves and digitizes thousands of documents related to the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. He also served as the president and CEO of the King Center from 1994 to 2004.

In addition to his civil rights work, Dexter has also been active in the business world. He served as the president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Corporation, which is responsible for managing the intellectual property rights of his father’s work.

Moreover, he also founded the Dexter King Group, an Atlanta-based real estate investment and consulting firm. Dexter has faced some controversy within his family, with his siblings Bernice and Martin Luther King III in a legal battle over the sale of their father’s papers and Nobel Peace Prize medal. Despite these disagreements, he continues to honor his parents’ legacy and promote their message of nonviolence, equality, and peace.

In 2020, Dexter and his siblings announced the establishment of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. as the official family organization and custodian of their parents’ legacy. The center serves as a hub for educational and training programs, community outreach, and social justice initiatives.

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In closing, The Narrative Matters thank Dexter for his services, and may he rest in peace.

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