Dexter Scott King, MLK Jr.'s Youngest Son, Passes Away at 62

Tragedy Strikes the Heart of the Civil Rights Family

by Zain ul Abedin
Dexter Scott King, MLK Jr.'s Youngest Son, Passes Away at 62
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In a somber announcement from The King Center, Dexter Scott King, the cherished youngest offspring of civil rights luminary Martin Luther King Jr., passed away on Monday due to prostate cancer. At the age of 62, Dexter's departure marks a poignant moment for both his family and the legacy of civil rights activism.

Dexter Scott King, known for his dedicated service as chairman of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), and as president of the King estate, left an indelible mark in upholding his father's vision for social justice and equality.

His commitment to nonviolent social change echoed the principles his father famously championed. Leah Weber King, his wife, shared in a heartfelt statement, "He transitioned peacefully in his sleep at home with me in Malibu.

He gave it everything and battled this terrible disease until the end. As with all the challenges in his life, he faced this hurdle with bravery and might." The couple's union, which began in July 2013, was a testament to their shared dedication to civil rights and social advocacy.

Dexter King's Enduring Legacy

The news of Dexter's passing has deeply shaken the King family. His brother, Martin Luther King III, expressed the family's grief, stating, "The sudden shock is devastating. It is hard to have the right words at a moment like this.

We ask for your prayers at this time for the entire King family." His sister, Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, conveyed her profound sorrow, remarking, "Words cannot express the heartbreak I feel from losing another sibling.

I'm praying for strength to get through this very difficult time." Born into a family at the forefront of the civil rights movement, Dexter was merely 7 years old when his father was tragically assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968.

This early exposure to the complexities of social justice issues profoundly influenced his path. Dexter King, a Morehouse College alumnus like his father, not only followed in his father's educational footsteps but also stepped into his role, albeit briefly, by portraying him in the 2002 CBS movie "The Rosa Parks Story," starring Angela Bassett.

Dexter's legacy, interwoven with the enduring influence of his father, continues to inspire generations in the fight for equality and justice. His life's work, characterized by a steadfast commitment to nonviolent advocacy, will remain a beacon for those dedicated to social change.

As the King family, and the world, mourns the loss of such a significant figure, his memory and contributions to society will undoubtedly continue to resonate in the hearts of many.