Let's take the time out to wish Dexter Scott King a happy birthday today! Dexter Scott King (born 01/30/1961) is the second son of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. His siblings are Martin Luther King III, the Reverend Bernice Albertine King, and the late Yolanda Denise King. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and named after the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, where his father was pastor before moving to the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He was seven years old when his father was assassinated. King attended Morehouse College, his late father's alma mater. He studied business administration, but did not graduate. He later became an actor and documentary filmmaker. King splits his time between Atlanta, Georgia, where he serves as chairman of the King Center, and Malibu, California. Dexter Scott King served as president of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, but resigned in 1989 only months after taking the office after a dispute with his mother, Coretta Scott King. He resumed the position in 1994, but the King Center's influence was sharply reduced by then. Dexter has been a dedicated vegan and animal rights activist since the late 1980s. I'm 1987, 29 years after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death, Dexter met with James Earl Ray, the man imprisoned for his father's 1968 murder. He believes that Ray was not involved with the assassination. At a 1999 press conference, Coretta Scott King stated that "there is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. ... the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband. The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame." Following statements by Dexter King and other family members, Dexter was subsequently asked by a reporter, "there are many people out there who feel that as long as these conspirators remain nameless and faceless there is no true closure, and no justice." He replied:
"No, he [Mr. Lloyd Jowers] named the shooter. The shooter was the Memphis Police Department Officer, Lt. Earl Clark who he named as the killer. Once again, beyond that you had credible witnesses that named members of a Special Forces team who didn't have to act because the contract killer succeeded, with plausible denial, a Mafia contracted killer".
He attended the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 2013, the event at which his father delivered his I Have a Dream speech. His birthday today is also the day when his mother, Coretta Scott King, passed away in 2006 at the age of 78. A little more than a year later, Yolanda Denise King died of heart failure at the age of 51. Happy birthday once again, Dexter Scott King! Today is his 60th birthday!