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ATLANTA,None - The youngest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been appointed chief executive officer of the center dedicated to preserving and promoting his legacy.
The Rev. Bernice A. King will focus on external affairs on behalf of The King Center, which was founded by her mother, Coretta Scott King, shortly after the civil rights icon was assassinated in 1968. Her elder brother, Martin Luther King III, will remain president, and their brother, Dexter, will continue to serve as board chairman.
Last year, 48-year-old Bernice King left her role as an elder and pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, and declined to take office as the first woman president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the venerable civil rights organization co-founded by her father in 1957.