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Martin Luther King III Profile

  • Martin Luther King III is a thought leader on the world stage, a peace maker, and a negotiator on some of today’s most critical national and international platforms for social change.

  • King is the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King.

  • King has devoted his life to promoting global human rights and eradicating racism, violence, and poverty.
  • With the past year’s astounding display of social injustice, violence, and confusion around the pandemic, perhaps at no other time in recent history has our world needed the clear thinking and solutions-oriented voice of civil rights advocate and global humanitarian Martin Luther King III.

    From speaking to thousands at the August 2020 March On Washington to his dozens of arrests during peaceful protests, Mr. King is shepherding the healing of our nation and the world, connecting the important lessons of the past with the critical needs of our future and motivating a new generation of authentic leaders.

    As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III is a thought leader on the world stage, a peace maker, and a negotiator on some of today’s most critical national and international platforms for social change.

    Amplifying the work of his father, Mr. King has devoted his life to promoting global human rights and eradicating racism, violence, and poverty, earning a reputation as a respected international statesman and one of the world’s most passionate advocates for the poor and oppressed.

    Most recently, Mr. King has taken over leadership of the Drum Major Institute, the only nonprofit organization actually started by his father over 60 years ago. With a focus on continuing the King legacy through education, action, engagement with world leaders, and collaboration with socially conscious organizations, the work of the Drum Major Institute is as important today as it was then, inspiring individuals to embrace their unique contribution to peace, justice, and equity for all.

    Continuing his father’s vision is the backbone of his life’s work. After graduating in 1979 from his father’s Alma mater, Morehouse College, with a B.A. in political science, Mr. King continued his public service by supporting various social change movements through his speaking and writing. A humble but persistent worker both publicly and behind the scenes, Mr. King patiently negotiated a compromise between Georgia legislators and leaders to change the state flag that was an offensive and divisive symbol for many Georgians.

    Throughout the 1990s, Mr. King continued the fight for justice by addressing the moral and political dilemmas of Haiti, Nigeria, Australia, and Sierra Leone. He has spoken to the United Nations on behalf of those living with the challenges of AIDS.

    In 1998, Mr. King began his service as the elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — an organization co-founded by his father — focusing on the police brutality and racial profiling hearings in several states and leading to the passage of several resolutions that make racial profiling illegal.

    In 2006, he founded Realizing the Dream, Inc., which eventually merged with The King Center in 2010, and took his father’s message to a global audience by spearheading nonviolence training in Bosnia Herzegovina, India, Israel, Palestine, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

    In August 2008, Mr. King spoke on behalf of the Democratic Party presidential nominee, Senator Barack Obama, at the Democratic National Convention. The timing was both historical and inspirational, marking the 45th anniversary of his father’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

    Martin Luther King, III is the recipient of numerous awards and several honorary degrees, including one of India’s most prestigious honors for outstanding contributions to the promotion of human rights. Mr. King is the husband of Arndrea Waters King and father of a young daughter, Yolanda Renee King, the only grandchild of Martin Luther King III. The entire family is dedicated to sharing the impactful Kingian message to inspire a collective of new collaborators and world-changers.

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    You Are Part of the Dream

    Are you a difference-maker? In this empowering keynote, Martin Luther King III reveals that the answer to this question can always be, “yes.” Regardless of where we’re from or what we do, King shows we have the power to mobilize, speak out and make a difference. With a career in activism that spans decades, King serves as an ambassador of his parent’s legacy of nonviolent social change and strong leadership in the face of challenge. Whether promoting peace in foreign countries, leading demonstrations against unjust labor practices, or pushing for effective legislation, King has always met deeply-entrenched issues with innovative strategies and inspiring action. Drawing on his wealth of experience as the driving force behind countless institutional, political and social movements, King shares his lessons on how to be a force for positive change, and inspired audiences to make a lasting difference in their own work and lives regardless of their backgrounds or the obstacles.

    Race & Politics in America

    In today’s uncertain and divisive political times, issues such as voter rights, gun control, race, police violence and the security of our cities, remain crucial topics of conversation at the forefront of policy leaders’ and citizens’ minds. Drawing on his personal experience as an advocate for justice and social change, Martin Luther King, III addresses pressing issues of poverty, violence and injustice, shedding light on a successful and equitable path forward.

    Continuing the Legacy: Civil Rights in the 21st Century

    As the son of Martin Luther King, Jr., the most iconic civil rights leaders of the 20th century, taking a stand against injustice and advocating for human rights is in Martin Luther King, III’s blood. A global humanitarian who has traveled worldwide to make a difference in the lives of all people, King has unique insights into the civil rights battles still being waged today Reflecting back on the example and work of his father, King shares Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, calling attention to what is left to be done, and the steps needed to make equality for all not just a dream, but a reality.

    Diversity & Inclusion

    Martin Luther King III has dedicated his life to advocating for policies and practices that promote diversity and inclusion in all facets of work and life. Continuing the legacy of his father, King works to build a world where people of all skin tones and backgrounds have a voice in the conversation and a seat at the table. In this informative and compelling speech, King highlights why creating a diverse and inclusive work environment is not only a moral and ethical imperative, but also brings multi-faceted benefits. From boosting creativity to increased profits, studies show the enormously positive effects of actively building diverse teams and fostering an inclusive workplace in organizations across industries. King brings the research to light and delivers a powerful message on ethical responsibility, motivating audiences to promote diversity and inclusion in their own work environments to create teams that thrive on every level.

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    “The MLK event went off extremely well. We had a full house of about 930 people for the dinner, including many students, which was our goal in moving the event away from the federal holiday when students and staff are not on campus. Mr. King was a delightful guest and seemed to appreciate the arrangements that had been made for his comfort. He was flexible with regard to media, including allowing the local TV station to schedule an interview prior to the scheduled press event. His address pulled no punches, and hopefully his remarks will influence some of the dialog on the nation’s response to poverty, racism, and violence/militarism. Thanks for all your help.”
    – Associate to the Professor, Southeast Missouri State University

    “MLK III was great! We had over 900 in attendance and I have only heard positive feedback from guests. He was great to work with and very accommodating. Great lecture, great speaker.”
    – University of South Florida

    “The Convocation was phenomenal. Mr. King was so gracious and was well received by everyone. He is an amazing person…Thank you!!”
    – Missouri Western University

    “Tuesday night was a huge success for us! Mr. King was, by far, one of the nicest guests that we have hosted. He was so warm and friendly and the response from our audience has been overwhelming.”
    – Lesher Foundation

    “The Event was excellent, probably the best since 2002. Perfect audience, top media covering and … Martin Luther King III’s appearance was a perfect part of US participation … We are very happy that he accepted our invitation … Mr. King created a special and warm aura.”
    – Czech Teleaxis

    “Dr. King did such an amazing job on stage and I know the kids in the Chicago crowd were so excited to see him! We’ve gotten so much phenomenal feedback from the students, teachers and press that attended and Dr. King was a big part of that!”
    – WE Day

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