Dexter Scott King, the late son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, was remembered Saturday because the protector of his household’s legacy and the keeper of his father’s dream throughout a memorial service in Atlanta.
“You, my love, had been born a King, fantastically sculpted with the bodily traits and mind of essentially the most revered and impactful man of our time, your loved one father. Along with that, you held the grace, expertise and steadfastness of your lovely mom,” Dexter’s spouse, Leah Weber King, stated in her speech, talking on to him.
“You had been, certainly, what most would think about and what I thought of a person who had all of it,” she stated. “However as an alternative of devoting your life to how these riches may advance your private aspirations and fill your ego, you devoted your life to how all of those riches may advance the trigger and legacy of your father, your mom and your loved ones.”
Dexter Scott King died Jan. 22, 2024, at his house in Malibu, California, after battling prostate most cancers.
The memorial service for Dexter King was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the place his father as soon as was pastor. Amongst others paying homage had been his two dwelling siblings and musician Stevie Marvel, who sang “They Will not Go Once I Go.”
Dexter’s older brother, Martin Luther King III, stated Dexter has been welcomed house by their mom, father and sister Yolanda Denice King, who died in 2007, a yr after their mom.
“He is run his race, now it is as much as us,” King III stated, referring to him and the Kings’ final surviving daughter, the Rev. Bernice A. King.
“We’ll sooner or later obtain what Mother and Dad talked about, the beloved group,” he stated. “We aren’t even within the neighborhood right this moment, however we’ll get there.”
Dexter King was named for the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, the place his father was pastor throughout the bus boycott that vaulted him to nationwide prominence following the 1955 arrest of Rosa Parks.
King was seven years outdated when his father was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
He bore such a hanging resemblance to his father that he was forged to play him in a 2002 tv film about Rosa Parks, starring Angela Bassett.
He spent a lot of his life defending the legacy of his mother and father.
Dexter King served as chairman of The Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle for Nonviolent Social Change and was president of the King Property, working to guard the household’s mental property.
“Dexter was forward of his time,” Bernice King stated of her brother’s imaginative and prescient in defending the household’s mental rights. “That is Dexter Scott King’s legacy.”
In an outdated speech performed on the memorial, across the time when he started a management position with the King Middle, Dexter Scott King stated, “When individuals ask, ‘What does Dexter need?’ Dexter desires to serve, Dexter has to serve as a result of the triple evils of poverty, racism and violence are nonetheless amongst us.”
He met James Earl Ray, who had pleaded responsible to murdering his father in 1969, throughout a go to in 1997 at a Nashville jail. King believed Ray was harmless, and the household hoped to have Ray stand trial, hoping it might reveal proof of a broader conspiracy.
Ray instructed King within the jail assembly that he wasn’t the killer, and King replied, “I consider you and my household believes you.”
Ray by no means stood trial and died from liver failure in 1998.
Thiessen reported from Anchorage, Alaska.