Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. to speak

Posted on February 26th, 2012 by Editor


Reverend Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, will speak on Tuesday in celebration of Black History Month at First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to the Seattle Pacific University campus.

As one of the leading speakers of today, King is author of Hard Questions, Heart Answers. Her book is a collection of her best and inspiring sermons and speeches in which she addresses the pressing problems America faced in the 1990s. In addition, she is founder of “Be A King,” whose mission is to” influence young people to transform the world culture with a kingdom mindset.” In 2009, King was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Advocate Award” from the Nation Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.

The event is from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the church parking lot. King will be joined by SPU’s Gospel Choir, Worship Arts Ensemble and Wind Symphony.


  • Judy

    The article should mention that Ms. King was sued by her own brother for damaging the family’s legacy and siding with religious conservatives that went against principles Martin Luther King stood for.

    So she’s a nice fit for the religious bigots at SPU.

    In 2004, Bernice King co-organized events at the ML King Center designed to support a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. That position goes against the stated goals of the King Center and the philosophy of inclusiveness espoused by their father, the lawsuit claimed.

  • Judy

    The article should mention that Ms. King was sued by her own brother for damaging the family’s legacy and siding with religious conservatives that went against principles Martin Luther King stood for.

    So she’s a nice fit for the religious bigots at SPU.

    In 2004, Bernice King co-organized events at the ML King Center designed to support a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. That position goes against the stated goals of the King Center and the philosophy of inclusiveness espoused by their father, the lawsuit claimed.

  • Rob

    Is this the one who goes on Sean Hannity all the time?

    She has figured out how to make money by using her father’s name by making religious conservatives feel better about their racism and homophobia. MLK is spinning in his grave.

  • Rob

    Is this the one who goes on Sean Hannity all the time?

    She has figured out how to make money by using her father’s name by making religious conservatives feel better about their racism and homophobia. MLK is spinning in his grave.

  • Rob

    Judy, how ironic that the daughter of one of the greatest civil rights leaders of all time wants to enshrine discrimination into the US Constitution.

    Why is SPU being allowed to use this blog as their propaganda machine lately? There are three SPU stories on the home page right now.

  • Rob

    Judy, how ironic that the daughter of one of the greatest civil rights leaders of all time wants to enshrine discrimination into the US Constitution.

    Why is SPU being allowed to use this blog as their propaganda machine lately? There are three SPU stories on the home page right now.

  • sullinsea

    Ahh, I see the anti-religious bigots are making themselves heard, smearing both Bernice King and SPU, while confusing her with her cousin Alveda King (who expends her efforts in furtherance of the sanctity of human life).

    And all because she has shown the temerity, in the exercise of her unalienable God-given right to freedom of speech, to oppose the redefinition of marriage as the primary institution of society for the biological reproduction of our species.

    And, of course, we can’t have any stories about a major neighborhood institution like SPU if it is religious and fails to kow-tow to the party line. Banish SPU from the pages of this newspaper? Really? How tolerant.

    She was sued by the same brother she and her other brother sued for mismanagement of King Center funds? That’s a basis for banishing her from Queen Anne?

    Are we really supposed to believe that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. would sanction the redefinition of the holy sacrament of matrimony into some generic committment ceremony? Really?

    Welcom, Rev. Bernice King, to Queen Anne. I hope to have an opportunity to hear you speak at SPU during Black History Month.

  • sullinsea

    Ahh, I see the anti-religious bigots are making themselves heard, smearing both Bernice King and SPU, while confusing her with her cousin Alveda King (who expends her efforts in furtherance of the sanctity of human life).

    And all because she has shown the temerity, in the exercise of her unalienable God-given right to freedom of speech, to oppose the redefinition of marriage as the primary institution of society for the biological reproduction of our species.

    And, of course, we can’t have any stories about a major neighborhood institution like SPU if it is religious and fails to kow-tow to the party line. Banish SPU from the pages of this newspaper? Really? How tolerant.

    She was sued by the same brother she and her other brother sued for mismanagement of King Center funds? That’s a basis for banishing her from Queen Anne?

    Are we really supposed to believe that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. would sanction the redefinition of the holy sacrament of matrimony into some generic committment ceremony? Really?

    Welcom, Rev. Bernice King, to Queen Anne. I hope to have an opportunity to hear you speak at SPU during Black History Month.

  • Local Woman

    I guess she learned nothing from her father, who opposed discrimination in all it’s forms.

  • Local Woman

    I guess she learned nothing from her father, who opposed discrimination in all it’s forms.

  • Lower QA

    sullinsea,

    You are either intentionally lying or horribly misinformed. Nobody is trying to redefine any holy sacraments.

    Gay marriage is now the law of the land in Washington State and polls show it enjoys strong support by the majority of voters in Queen Anne. So please show some respect to your neighbors and please do not call us “anti-religious bigots.”

    The Washington law deals with CIVIL rights and CIVIL equality – everything Dr. King spent his life fighting for.

    Churches like yours do not need to change your precious “holy sacraments.” You are free to discriminate and call gays sinners the way you always have.

    Tens of millions heterosexual marriages are not performed by a church. Every City Hall in this country performs civil marriages that have NOTHING to do with God and religion. Those are marriages too, not “generic commitment ceremonies.” Do you not realize that?

    I won’t even address your comments on biological reproduction. They are sufficiently ludicrous on their own.

    The only “smear” I see in the comments is your deliberate attempt to reframe the marriage debate around what you clearly must know to be falsehoods. We tolerate your church (barely) but it would be nice if you showed some respect for the truth.

    Dr. Martin Luther King would certainly not support writing discrimination into the US Constitution.

    I am glad commenters here are pointing out the hypocrisy of Bernice King and her well-documented antics shamelessly cashing in on the family name.

  • Lower QA

    sullinsea,

    You are either intentionally lying or horribly misinformed. Nobody is trying to redefine any holy sacraments.

    Gay marriage is now the law of the land in Washington State and polls show it enjoys strong support by the majority of voters in Queen Anne. So please show some respect to your neighbors and please do not call us “anti-religious bigots.”

    The Washington law deals with CIVIL rights and CIVIL equality – everything Dr. King spent his life fighting for.

    Churches like yours do not need to change your precious “holy sacraments.” You are free to discriminate and call gays sinners the way you always have.

    Tens of millions heterosexual marriages are not performed by a church. Every City Hall in this country performs civil marriages that have NOTHING to do with God and religion. Those are marriages too, not “generic commitment ceremonies.” Do you not realize that?

    I won’t even address your comments on biological reproduction. They are sufficiently ludicrous on their own.

    The only “smear” I see in the comments is your deliberate attempt to reframe the marriage debate around what you clearly must know to be falsehoods. We tolerate your church (barely) but it would be nice if you showed some respect for the truth.

    Dr. Martin Luther King would certainly not support writing discrimination into the US Constitution.

    I am glad commenters here are pointing out the hypocrisy of Bernice King and her well-documented antics shamelessly cashing in on the family name.

  • Lower QA

    I did some more Googling.

    Bernice used to be an “elder” at Eddie Long’s church in Atlanta. Eddie was recently busted for transgressions with… you guessed it… underage teenage boys.

    Bernice led an anti-gay march to her father’s grave in 2005 and famously said, “My father did not take a bullet for gay rights.”

    Bernice’s mother, MLK’s wife Coretta Scott King, said her daughter Bernice was a gay basher.

    “Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union. A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages.”
    – Coretta Scott King.

    Nice, SPU. Thanks for inviting gay bashers into our neighborhood.

  • Lower QA

    I did some more Googling.

    Bernice used to be an “elder” at Eddie Long’s church in Atlanta. Eddie was recently busted for transgressions with… you guessed it… underage teenage boys.

    Bernice led an anti-gay march to her father’s grave in 2005 and famously said, “My father did not take a bullet for gay rights.”

    Bernice’s mother, MLK’s wife Coretta Scott King, said her daughter Bernice was a gay basher.

    “Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union. A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages.”
    – Coretta Scott King.

    Nice, SPU. Thanks for inviting gay bashers into our neighborhood.

  • Prince

    well done Ben , how can l get hold of your book my sister.

  • Prince

    well done Ben , how can l get hold of your book my sister.

  • Moon

    We need tolerate SPU in our backyard. Ms. King has right to speak.

    But she do not speak for us. She should not be given warm welcome in Queen Anne. Her values not our values.

  • Moon

    We need tolerate SPU in our backyard. Ms. King has right to speak.

    But she do not speak for us. She should not be given warm welcome in Queen Anne. Her values not our values.

  • Ann

    sullinsea – Holy Cow! Anti-religious bigots??!? What is that?

    What about the Religious Bigots – like yourself?

  • Ann

    sullinsea – Holy Cow! Anti-religious bigots??!? What is that?

    What about the Religious Bigots – like yourself?

  • Ray

    SPU is the problem. Why are they in Seattle.

  • Ray

    SPU is the problem. Why are they in Seattle.

  • Queen Anne Mom

    I did not know any of this and found it very interesting.

    Shame on you, SPU!

  • Queen Anne Mom

    I did not know any of this and found it very interesting.

    Shame on you, SPU!

  • You are all the problem. Shame on you. Students at SPU are busy in investing and engaging in higher education – unlike your judgmental selves posting on this blog.

  • You are all the problem. Shame on you. Students at SPU are busy in investing and engaging in higher education – unlike your judgmental selves posting on this blog.

  • Joe

    Are they learning about the separation of church and state? Because SPU’s likely favorite presidential candidate Santorum says the concept makes him “puke”

  • Joe

    Are they learning about the separation of church and state? Because SPU’s likely favorite presidential candidate Santorum says the concept makes him “puke”

  • KS

    Don’t assume that SPU Students vote for Santorum. I will be donating, supporting and voting for Barack Obama as well as the referendum for gay marriage for this state – provided it ends up on the ballot. And I’m an SPU student and I’m not an outcast.

    I would encourage you to not automatically dismiss anything religious. That is the definition if intolerance. Which is what you hate, right?

  • KS

    Don’t assume that SPU Students vote for Santorum. I will be donating, supporting and voting for Barack Obama as well as the referendum for gay marriage for this state – provided it ends up on the ballot. And I’m an SPU student and I’m not an outcast.

    I would encourage you to not automatically dismiss anything religious. That is the definition if intolerance. Which is what you hate, right?

  • Leonora

    KS, congratulations on being a giant hypocrite! Is that getting you laid over at SPU? Voting Obama and telling us cronies on the Queen Anne Blog ALL ABOUT WHAT A REBEL YOU ARE?

  • Leonora

    KS, congratulations on being a giant hypocrite! Is that getting you laid over at SPU? Voting Obama and telling us cronies on the Queen Anne Blog ALL ABOUT WHAT A REBEL YOU ARE?

  • KS

    Lenora, on the contrary. I’m not a rebel SPU student – nor do I want to be labeled as such. In fact, I’m a leader on campus. And while we have conservatives (as I’m sure the UW, SU, and any other school anywhere does), I’m able to get along just fine with everyone, regardless of their views. Even more, I enjoy the difference of opinion – which is something that I love about SPU. We have daily constructive debates and conversations about issues that really matter – which is what education is really about.

    I’m not sure how I was a hypocrite in my post, but I’m sure you’ll tell me. At least I don’t preach tolerance and in the same breath criticize a place for having different views.

  • KS

    Lenora, on the contrary. I’m not a rebel SPU student – nor do I want to be labeled as such. In fact, I’m a leader on campus. And while we have conservatives (as I’m sure the UW, SU, and any other school anywhere does), I’m able to get along just fine with everyone, regardless of their views. Even more, I enjoy the difference of opinion – which is something that I love about SPU. We have daily constructive debates and conversations about issues that really matter – which is what education is really about.

    I’m not sure how I was a hypocrite in my post, but I’m sure you’ll tell me. At least I don’t preach tolerance and in the same breath criticize a place for having different views.

  • Paul

    Disenfranchising groups of people, or even worse, denying they have a right to exist is bigotry.

    Criticism of idea or beliefs, motivated by religion or otherwise is not “bigotry”. Nobody is above criticism or scrutiny – this is how freedom of speech and religion work.

    If I simply defend myself against religiously motivated hate speech, this does not make me an “anti-religious bigot”. Also, having your majority privilege questioned is hardly persecution. Freedom of religion does not mean one is only free to submit to the majority.

    Nothing sullinsea said was surprising or new. Playing victim for being called out is right out of the play book. Following that, it is sadly unsurprising somebody would twist their inherited status as a symbol against bigotry to perpetrate it if so motivated.

  • Paul

    Disenfranchising groups of people, or even worse, denying they have a right to exist is bigotry.

    Criticism of idea or beliefs, motivated by religion or otherwise is not “bigotry”. Nobody is above criticism or scrutiny – this is how freedom of speech and religion work.

    If I simply defend myself against religiously motivated hate speech, this does not make me an “anti-religious bigot”. Also, having your majority privilege questioned is hardly persecution. Freedom of religion does not mean one is only free to submit to the majority.

    Nothing sullinsea said was surprising or new. Playing victim for being called out is right out of the play book. Following that, it is sadly unsurprising somebody would twist their inherited status as a symbol against bigotry to perpetrate it if so motivated.

  • Paul

    @KS, the people you claim to enjoy a “difference of opinion” with come from a position that sexual minorities are relegated to second class citizens unless they “change” (deny who they are). Having reasonable discourse requires finding of middle ground. Such a position has no middle ground is therefore cannot be open to constructive conversation. Imposing oppressive views on a minority class of people can never be tolerated in a free society. I hope you soon come to realize that.

  • Paul

    @KS, the people you claim to enjoy a “difference of opinion” with come from a position that sexual minorities are relegated to second class citizens unless they “change” (deny who they are). Having reasonable discourse requires finding of middle ground. Such a position has no middle ground is therefore cannot be open to constructive conversation. Imposing oppressive views on a minority class of people can never be tolerated in a free society. I hope you soon come to realize that.

  • KL

    Again, Paul, please check your facts. I have many openly gay friends at SPU, several of whom are in student leadership. I would hardly say it is a condemned practice. And yes, while there are people who disagree with the lifestyle, nobody is ever treated as a “second class citizen.” Those conversations are welcome as well.

    Don’t believe everything you read in the Stranger. Or the Falcon, for that matter.

  • KL

    Again, Paul, please check your facts. I have many openly gay friends at SPU, several of whom are in student leadership. I would hardly say it is a condemned practice. And yes, while there are people who disagree with the lifestyle, nobody is ever treated as a “second class citizen.” Those conversations are welcome as well.

    Don’t believe everything you read in the Stranger. Or the Falcon, for that matter.

  • Paul

    @KL/KS: It’s a very hard argument that opposition of marriage equity is not relegating sexual minorities to second class status. Bernice King, of whom I am specifically referring to and those within your student body who take that stance, opposes marriage equity. She has participated in public marches against it. She has openly allied with conservative church figures who would deny sexual minorities any rights. These are the facts.

    As to the student body, or for that matter people who identify as Christian, I do realize there are many who fully support equal rights for all people and I count them as allies. I just do not have patience for those who think common ground can be found with bigots.

  • Paul

    @KL/KS: It’s a very hard argument that opposition of marriage equity is not relegating sexual minorities to second class status. Bernice King, of whom I am specifically referring to and those within your student body who take that stance, opposes marriage equity. She has participated in public marches against it. She has openly allied with conservative church figures who would deny sexual minorities any rights. These are the facts.

    As to the student body, or for that matter people who identify as Christian, I do realize there are many who fully support equal rights for all people and I count them as allies. I just do not have patience for those who think common ground can be found with bigots.