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Bernice King Elected to Head SCLC

October 30, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Bernice King

Bernice King speaking at the groundbreaking of the MLK Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 2006. Photo Credit: Mark Blacknell.

Bernice King

Bernice King speaking at the groundbreaking of the MLK Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 2006. Photo Credit: Mark Blacknell.

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) announced today that it elected Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., to be the organization's next president.  She is the first woman and the second King child to head the organization, which was co-founded by Dr. King in 1957.

King, the youngest child of Martin Luther King, Jr., is a longtime activist, minister, and lawyer who has spoken around the world. She is an elder at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia.

She inherits an organization that has expanded considerably since her father's time.  There are about 10,000 members and 80 chapters residing in 17 states.  In addition to a conflict resolution site already opened in Israel, the SCLC has plans in place to open other international sites over the next 10 years.

The SCLC was founded to coordinate and support nonviolent protests of segregation and played a key role in many of the most famous demonstration of the civil rights movement.  Dr. King served as its first president until his death in 1968.

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