BLOGGERTASTIC — According to the announcement made by the King Center in Atlanta, Dexter Scott King, the younger son of the late civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, passed away on Monday due to prostate cancer.
According to his wife, Leah Weber King, he passed away peacefully in his home in Malibu, California, while he was sleeping. He was 62 years old.
“Until the very end, he fought this dreadful cancer with everything he had and gave it his all. In the same way that he had tackled every other obstacle in his life, he confronted this obstacle with bravery and strength, she remarked.
On January 30, 1961, Dexter King was born in Atlanta. He was named after the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, which was named after the church where his father had worked as a pastor for the first time.
When his father was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968, he was just seven years old at the time.
“Words cannot express the heartbreak I feel from losing another sibling,” Reverend Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of the King Center, said in a statement. A statement was released by the King Center.It is my prayer that I will have the strength to get through this really challenging period.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Dexter King attended Morehouse College in Atlanta following in his father’s footsteps. He was serving as both the chairman of the King Center and the president of the King Estate at the time of his passing through the King Estate.
In addition, he was an actor, and he played the role of his father in the television movie “The Rosa Parks Story,” which was released in 2002.
Reverend Al Sharpton, who was the founder and president of the National Action Network, a civil rights organization, expressed his “heartbreak” upon learning of King’s passing.
In a statement, Sharpton stated, “Dexter was only seven years old when his hero, his role model, and most importantly, his father was taken away from us.”
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“He turned that pain into activism, however, and dedicated his life to advancing the dream Martin and Coretta Scott King had for their children, their grandchildren, and all the generations to come after.”
His father and mother, both of whom passed away in 2006, as well as his sister Yolanda, who passed away in 2007, came before him that passed away.
His wife of eleven years, Leah Weber King, his sister Bernice King, his brother Martin Luther King III, his niece Yolanda Renee King, and other members of his family are among those who are able to carry on his legacy.
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In memory of Dexter King, the youngest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., tributes, remembrances, memories, and other expressions of well-wishes for the King family are being made public.
Michael Julian Bond, a member of the Atlanta Council, was childhood friends with Dexter King. When they were children, they played together in the same block. He had a hard time accepting the terrible news that had been delivered.
“First it was just shock and then disbelief,” according to Bond.
It was a burden on his neck.
It’s a terrible shame. “I am completely taken aback by it,” he stated.
“We knew he had a health challenge but did not know it was serious as it turned out to be,” according to him.
During his childhood, Bond lived just two homes away from the Kings.
“He was just a great guy, a warm personality,” according to Bond.
“I was just tearing up and running around in the street, playing football on the asphalt right there in the street.” Having fun all day long by riding skateboards, riding bikes, and playing,” he continued.