Bernice King leaves SCLC

    The future of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is unclear now that Bernice King has left the organization.



    The future of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is unclear now that Bernice King has left the organization.
     
    Bernice, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., announced Friday that she has declined the presidency of the SCLC. She sites a disconnect with board members for her exit.
     
    She explained that “after numerous attempts to connect with the official board leaders on how to move forward under my leadership, unfortunately, our visions did not align.”
     
    Her sudden leave came as a shock to the organization, board member Art Rocker told the
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
     
    Bernice was voted in as SCLC president about 15 months ago, but she held off on taking office because of two groups, both claiming to be the organizations official board. Both her father and brother, Martin Luther King III, held the office before.
     
    “After praying mightily and seeking wise counsel, I have decided not to assume the presidency of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,” Bernice said in a statement. “As a steward of the King legacy, I must shift my focus to further advancing its growth and perpetuation overall."
     
    Bernice announced that instead of heading up the SCLC, she would instead dedicate her time to building her mother’s legacy and working with The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

     

     

    — Sonya Eskridge

     

     

     

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