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Bernice King to speak for MLK celebration

Rev. Bernice King, youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, will speak at Georgia Southern University Tuesday, Jan.16, for the campus-wide celebration of Dr, King’s birthday. Her presentation is at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

A nationally known orator, Rev. King has inspired thousands of people from all walks of life. First called to the ministry at age 17, King preached her trial sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1988 and was ordained in 1990. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College. On the morning of her ordination she was awarded both a master of divinity degree and a doctor of laws degree from Emory University.

King is the assistant pastor at Greater Rising Star Baptist Church in Atlanta, where she oversees the youth and women’s ministry. She is a member of the board of directors of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

She is also an attorney and a member of the Georgia Bar. Previously, as a law clerk in the Fulton County Juvenile Court System, King experienced first-hand the growing number of teens who have become victims of the legal system. As a result, she has become an advocate for the rehabilitation of at-risk youth.

King is the author of Hard Questions, Heart Answers, a collection of her sermons and speeches, and is working on a second book. She has been named by Ebony Magazine as ‘one of the 50 leaders of tomorrow.”

For more information about King’s presentation contact the Multicultural Student Center at 912-681-5409.

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