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Martin Luther King III

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Martin Luther King III, or MLK3, is an American human rights advocate and community activist. Martin Luther King III was born on October 23, 1957, to civil rights advocates Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. He is the oldest son and oldest living child of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

King has been described as a shy man who rarely socialized, and friends have claimed he tends to overwork, in part due to the pressure to live up to his father’s name. One friend, Rev. E. Randel T. Osburn, said of King, “Watching him is like watching somebody trying to outrun themselves. It’s like there’s a ghost in front of him and he’s always trying to catch it. He was ten years old when his father was assassinated. Years prior to his father’s death, Harry Belafonte set up a trust fund for King and his siblings.

In May 2006, Martin Luther King III married longtime girlfriend Andrea Waters. On May 25, 2008, the couple had a daughter, Yolanda Renee King, the first and only grandchild of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King.

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