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Keynote-Dr. Martin Luther King III


Keynote-Dr. Martin Luther King III

Martin Luther King III

Global Human Rights Activist

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther

King III serves as an ambassador of his parent’s legacy of nonviolent social change. Motivating

audiences with his message of hope and responsibility for decades, his dedication to ridding the

world of social, political, and economic injustice has propelled him to the forefront as one of the

world’s most ardent advocates for the poor, the oppressed, and the disillusioned.

A graduate of his fathers Alma mater, Morehouse College, King is also the recipient of numerous

awards and honorary degrees. He has devoted his life to working in the non-profit sector to

promote civil rights and global human rights and to eradicate the “triple evils” of racism, militarism

and poverty his father identified as the scourges of humankind. As a high school student, he

served as a Page to Senator Edward Kennedy, and continued his public service, supporting

social change movements through speaking engagements, appearances and his writing. He was

later elected as a member of the Fulton County, GA Board of Commissioners, representing over

700,000 residents.

As the elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the

organization co-founded by his father, Mr. King reinvigorated SCLC by stabilizing the governance,

program and development components. As founder and president of Realizing the Dream, Inc.,

he took his father’s message to a global audience, spearheading nonviolence training in Bosnia

Herzegovina, India, Israel; Palestine, Kenya, Sri Lanka and the United States.

A former President and CEO of the Atlanta-based King Center, King remains a member of its

Board of Directors. In addition, he serves as a board member of: Southern Christian Leadership

Conference, Drum Major Institute, a New York based Think-Tank and the Metropolitan West

Management Asset Corporation.

King has also served as an election monitor and observer in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. In

addition, King has conducted nearly 40 Poverty Study Tours in a groundbreaking initiative, which

has sparked public debate and law enforcement advocacy on the issue of poverty. In conjunction with Ambassador Andrew Young and other partners, King co-founded Bounce TV, the first independently owned and operated TV network featuring African Americans. The network’s content includes movies, sports, documentaries and original programming.