Dexter Scott King, Youngest Son of Martin Luther King Jr., Dies at 62

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Dexter Scott King, the youngest son and third child of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, has passed away at the age of 62 after a courageous battle with prostate cancer, according to an announcement from The King Center.

Key Points:

  • Dexter Scott King died on January 22, 2024, peacefully in his sleep at his home in Malibu after battling prostate cancer.
  • He played a crucial role in preserving and protecting his father’s legacy, serving as Chairman of The King Center and President of the King Estate at the time of his death.
  • Dexter Scott King was born on January 30, 1961, in Atlanta, and he was the second-born son of Dr. & Mrs. King.
  • He followed in his father’s footsteps to Morehouse College in Atlanta, dedicating his life to continuing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Statements from Family and Close Ones:

  • Leah Weber King, Dexter’s wife of 11 years, mentioned that he “transitioned peacefully in his sleep at home” and battled the disease until the end.
  • Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center, expressed her heartbreak, stating that “words cannot express the heartbreak I feel from losing another sibling.”
  • Martin Luther King III added that the sudden shock is devastating, and the family asks for prayers during this difficult time.

Legacy and Contributions:

  • Dexter Scott King was known for his humility despite his uncanny resemblance to his father. He portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2002 television movie “The Rosa Parks Story.”
  • He played a significant role in legal matters, protecting his father’s work and intellectual property.
  • Dexter Scott King leaves behind a legacy of dedication to civil rights, equality, and the ongoing struggle for justice.

Personal Life:

  • Dexter married Leah Weber in a private ceremony in July 2013. They built a life together characterized by love, support, and a commitment to both the arts and the King family legacy.

Reactions and Tributes:

  • Tributes and condolences have poured in from various individuals, including Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, the Atlanta City Council, the Georgia NAACP, the Atlanta NAACP, and Rep. Carl Gillard, chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.

A press conference at The King Center is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m., where further details and arrangements will be discussed. The King family has requested privacy at this time.

Dexter Scott King’s contributions to civil rights, his commitment to preserving his father’s legacy, and his impact on social justice will be remembered as part of his enduring legacy.

 

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