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On This Martin Luther King Holiday, a Conversation with His Son Dexter Scott King

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Today on Martin Luther King Day, we are joined by his son, Dexter Scott King.

Dexter Scott King was a born in 1961. He was named for the historic Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery Alabama.

When he was just seven years old, a special alert appeared on television: the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been shot dead.

Dexter attended his father1s alma mater, Morehouse College, where he majored in Business Administration. Today he is the chairman, president and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, in Atlanta, Georgia. The King Center is dedicated to promoting the life, work and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The King Center is the official living memorial dedicated to the legacy of Dr. King.

Dexter Scott King has also been active in the entertainment world, splitting his time between Atlanta and Los Angeles. In 1999, he produced an Emmy-nominated movie "Our Friend Martin." Dexter portrayed his father1s voice. The film also features the voices of Ed Asner, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel Jackson, James Earl Jones, John Travolta and Oprah Winfrey.

Earlier this month Dexter published a memoir titled ??Growing Up King: An Intimate Memoir.

Guest:

  • Dexter Scott King, chairman, president and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the son of the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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