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Legacy Guardian Dexter Scott King, Youngest Son of Martin Luther King Jr., Passes Away at 62

January 22, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dexter Scott King, the devoted guardian of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, passed away just days shy of his 63rd birthday, as reported by WSB. Born on January 30, 1961, in Atlanta, Dexter’s early life was marked by the tragic loss of his father when he was merely seven years old, an event that would shape his profound dedication to preserving and safeguarding the iconic civil rights leader’s legacy.

Dexter’s life was a testament to his unwavering commitment to perpetuating his father’s ideals. At the time of his passing, he held the positions of chairman for both the King Center and the board of the King Estate. His tireless efforts were a cornerstone in ensuring the continued resonance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s impactful contributions to the world.

As news of Dexter’s passing spread, his brother, Martin Luther King III, humbly asked for prayers for the grieving King family. The Reverend Bernice King, Dexter’s sister, expressed the indescribable heartbreak of losing another sibling. In this challenging time, she sought strength through prayer to navigate the difficult journey of grief.

Plans for a memorial service to honor Dexter Scott King’s life will be shared in the coming days as family members come to terms with the loss of a remarkable guardian of history. The legacy of Dexter Scott King lives on, eternally intertwined with the profound impact of Martin Luther King Jr.’s enduring message of justice and equality.

 

Credit: KIRO 7

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