Dr. Bernice A. King is a global thought leader, orator, peace advocate and Chief Executive Officer of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), which was founded by her mother, Coretta Scott King, in 1968. From this position, the same one once held by her mother, this transformative leader steadfastly continues her efforts to advance her parents’ legacy of Kingian Nonviolence, which Dr. King rebranded as Nonviolence365™️. Read More >
Through her work at The King Center, Dr. King educates youth and adults about the nonviolent principles modeled by her parents. In 2012, she implemented an annual N.O.W. Encounter Summer Camp, which has engaged youth from New Mexico, South Carolina, Michigan, Alabama and as far away as the Island of Cyprus.
In 2013, Dr. King spearheaded the “Let Freedom Ring and Call to Action” event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and her father’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. This global event included then President Obama, former Presidents Clinton and Carter, and members of Congress, as well as many other international leaders, dignitaries and entertainers. This year, in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of her father’s assassination, she launched MLK50Forward: “TOGETHER WE WIN… WITH LOVE FOR HUMANITY.” Under her leadership, The King Center called on people of goodwill everywhere to join in paying homage to her father’s sacrifice by rededicating themselves to the completion of his unfinished work toward creation of the Beloved Community. In honor of his legacy of nonviolence and peace, she asked that we force ourselves to take one day to set aside what divides us and come together to focus on our global humanity. These efforts culminated in the March for Humanity and the Love for Humanity Tribute on April 9, 2018, which included Dr. King, members of her family and those of other civil rights leaders, civic leaders and Millennials.
As part of the Center’s Nonviolence365™️ education and training initiative, Dr. King launched a series of interactive web-talks with students throughout the country, using Google Hangout as the platform. These talks enable her to use technology to converse with students while she is at The King Center and the students are in their classrooms.
After the tragic death of Michael Brown at the hands of law enforcement, Dr. King led The King Center team in engaging educators, law enforcement, civic leaders, activists, gang members and business leaders in the Ferguson community in dialogue and Nonviolence365™️ training.
Under Dr. King’s leadership, the Center has expanded and enhanced its community engagement to include partnering with the Urban League of Atlanta to provide Nonviolence365™️ experiences for 100 ex-offenders and to encompass launching the Better Together: Racial Reconciliation initiative for pastors and church leaders. Dr. King also led a King Center team in partnering with Ujamaa Place in St. Paul, Minnesota to provide Nonviolence365™️ for 120 youth and adults in the community that was home to Philando Castile. The King Center, under Dr. King’s leadership, facilitates Nonviolence365™️ for Law Enforcement. Participants in these trainings have included chiefs, sheriffs and captains from metro Atlanta departments, as well as directors from agencies such as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The Center received certification from the state of Georgia to accommodate participants receiving training credit for attending Nonviolence365™️ for Law Enforcement.
Dr. King also initiated the Beloved Community Talks to begin having courageous conversations about the difficult racial issues impacting our communities, nation and world. The first was entitled “The Race Factor: The Lies, The Myths and The Truths” and was held as part of its 2015 King Holiday Observance. The following year’s KHO Beloved Community Talk was “The Race Factor: Rights vs Responsibilities,” and in 2017 it was “Let’s Bridge the Racial Divide Across Urban, Suburban and Rural America.”
In addition to expanding and enhancing The King Center’s Nonviolence365™️ Education and Training Platform, Dr. King has focused her efforts on transforming the physical King Center campus. She began by using technology to add the sound of her parents’ voices to the campus experience. When you visit the Center, you not only get to see and read their words, you get to hear their voices.
Dr. King is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and of Emory University, with a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Law. She has also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College. In honor of her mother, Coretta Scott King, she returned to her alma mater, Spelman College, to announce the establishment of the Be A King® Scholarship. Dr. King is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia and a trained mediator. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum and National Council of Negro Women.
With a strong concern for youth, family and community partnership, Dr. King was privileged to serve as a law clerk in the Fulton County Juvenile Court system, under Judge Glenda Hatchett, who was host of the nationally syndicated Judge Hatchett Show. She has served as a mentor and advisor to the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA). In January of 2011, she launched the “100 Days of Nonviolence” campaign at CSKYWLA to expose the girls to nonviolence as modeled by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Nonviolence365™️), and to encourage them to begin embracing it as a way of life.
Dr. King has been featured on numerous television shows, in magazines, as a television commentator and is the recipient of a host of awards and accolades. In April 2008, she was one of the fifteen delegates selected to meet Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the United States. In March of 2018, she was in Italy during Women’s History Month where she was grateful to receive an award from the Centro Gandhi organization for her work in advancing Nonviolence365™️. While there, she was able to have a private meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome
Dr. King is an innovative, energetic and committed leader dedicated to taking her parents’ legacies and teachings, The King Center, and the work of creating a more peaceful, just, humane world with Nonviolence365™️ into a new era. Read Less ^