Dexter Scott King dies. On January 22, 2024, the world bid farewell to Dexter Scott King, a prominent American civil and animal rights activist, attorney, and author. He passed away at the age of 62. He was the second son of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Dexter played a crucial role in upholding the legacy of his iconic parents.
Born on January 30, 1961, King’s early life was marked by a profound tragedy – witnessing the assassination of his father at the tender age of seven. Fortunately, with the support of Harry Belafonte, a trust fund was established for the King siblings, securing Dexter’s education following Martin Luther King Jr.’s untimely death.
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While attending Morehouse College, Dexter found inspiration in politics after participating in the Democratic National Convention in 1972. Despite leaving college before graduation, his impact was notable. In May 1989, he was appointed as the president of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change by his mother, Coretta Scott King.
A committed vegan and animal rights advocate, Dexter Scott King aimed to reshape the King Center into a focal point for nonviolent training. Despite facing challenges during his leadership, he remained steadfast in his dedication to preserving his father’s enduring legacy.
Tragically, Dexter lost his battle with prostate cancer at his Malibu, California home. His passing occurred just eight days before what would have been his 63rd birthday. Dexter Scott King leaves behind a profound legacy of activism, advocacy, and an unwavering commitment to the principles of nonviolent social change.