Dexter Scott King, the youngest son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., passed away at the age of 62 after a courageous battle with prostate cancer. The King Center announced his death on January 22, stating that he transitioned peacefully in his sleep at his home in Malibu.
Born in Atlanta on January 30, 1961, Dexter followed in his father’s footsteps, attending Morehouse College and dedicating his life to continuing the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Dexter served as Chairman of The King Center and President of the King Estate, focusing on protecting his father’s intellectual property.
In addition to his role in the civil rights movement, Dexter was known for his humility regarding his uncanny resemblance to his father. He portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2002 television movie “The Rosa Parks Story.” Despite his initial pursuit of a career in acting, he balanced his love for the arts with his family duties.
Dexter Scott King leaves behind a legacy of devotion to his family and the ongoing struggle for civil rights. His passing is mourned by his loving wife, Leah Weber King, his sister Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, his brother Martin Luther King III, and his niece, Yolanda Renee King.
Tributes and condolences have poured in from various figures, including Atlanta Council member Michael Julian Bond, who grew up with Dexter King and described him as a great guy with a warm personality. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and the Georgia NAACP also expressed their condolences, acknowledging Dexter’s contributions to civil rights.
A press conference is planned for January 23 at The King Center, where further details may be shared. The King family requests privacy during this time, and a memorial service will be announced later.
In remembrance, Dexter Scott King’s life is celebrated for his dedication to justice, his commitment to the principles of nonviolent activism, and his significant role in preserving his father’s legacy.