Martin Luther King III
Civil Rights Activist & Global Humanitarian
As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III has seized the torch lit by his parents by continuing their quest for equality and justice for all. Motivating audiences with his message of hope and responsibility for over twenty years, 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 father’s Alma mater, Morehouse College, Mr. King 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. He was later elected as a member of the Fulton County, GA Board of Commissioners, representing over 700,000 residents.
The elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the organization co-founded by his father, Mr. King is also the founder and president of Realizing the Dream, through which he has spearheaded nonviolence training in Bosnia Herzegovina, India, Israel and Palestine, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and the United States. A former President and CEO of the Atlanta-based King Center, Mr. King remains a member of its Board of Directors.
Mr. King has served as an election monitor and observer in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya, and has conducted nearly 40 Poverty Study Tours, an undertaking which has sparked public debate and law enforcement advocacy on the issue of poverty. He is also a co-founder of Bounce TV, the first independently owned and operated TV network featuring African-Americans. The network’s content includes movies, sports, documentaries and original programming.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees.