King's daughter ready to assume SCLC helm

Bernice King to be first woman president
To many, she is simply known as the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., the five-year-old cuddled in her mother’s lap at her father’s funeral in 1968.

But Bernice King, nicknamed “Bunny” by her parents, has grown up to become a minister and motivational speaker and, in October, was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Con ference, the civil rights organization her father helped found five decades ago.

“As time passes and there are some successes along the way, I certainly think people will begin to see me in my own right,” she said in an interview November 5. “Certainly those that are of the generation behind me, I think, will see me in the context of my own individual self.”


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