Are You a Difference-Maker?: Leadership in the Face of Adversity
With a career in activism that spans decades, Martin Luther King, III serves as an ambassador of his parent’s legacy of nonviolent social change and strong leadership in the face of challenge. Whether promoting peace in foreign countries, leading demonstrations against unjust labor practices, or pushing for effective legislation, King has always met deeply-entrenched issues with innovative strategies and inspiring action. Drawing on his wealth of experience as the driving force behind countless institutional, political and social changes, King shares his lessons on leadership, empowering audiences to make a lasting difference in their own work and lives regardless of the obstacles.
Race and Politics in America
In today’s uncertain and divisive political times, issues such as voter rights, gun control, race, police violence and the security of our cities, remain crucial topics of conversation at the forefront of policy leaders’ and citizens’ minds. Drawing on his personal experience as an advocate for justice and social change, Martin Luther King, III addresses pressing issues of poverty, violence and injustice, shedding light on a successful and equitable path forward.
Continuing the Legacy: Civil Rights in the 21st Century
As the son of Martin Luther King, Jr., the most iconic civil rights leaders of the 20th century, taking a stand against injustice and advocating for human rights is in Martin Luther King, III’s blood. A global humanitarian who has traveled worldwide to make a difference in the lives of all people, King has unique insights into the civil rights battles still being waged today Reflecting back on the example and work of his father, King shares Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, calling attention to what is left to be done, and the steps needed to make equality for all not just a dream, but a reality.
Martin Luther King, III draws a packed house and praise at Convocation on Critical Issues
Delivering a keynote on Embracing the Ideals of Freedom, Justice and Equality at Missouri Western University’s Convocation on Critical Issues, Martin Luther King III riveted an audience of 4,000 (after the event had to be moved to a larger venue to accommodate demand) as he touched on issues of racial inequality, civil disobedience, promoting change, and more. A prestigious event that aims to “stimulate thought and debate,” the Convocation on Critical Issues has hosted such noteworthy speakers as Colin Powell and Cokie Roberts, and King III’s visit was particularly timely as it came just after the 54th anniversary of his father’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. One of many headlines proclaimed “King III’s visit comes at the right time,” with the article stating: “It’s hard to imagine someone of prominence who would be more equipped to address important issues that have application in today’s American society.” A renowned civil rights leader, King III’s passionate remarks drew on his extensive experience as an activist and garnered lots of praise on Twitter: “An absolute honor to have Martin Luther King III on our campus at #MWSU and deliver such a great, unifying message ”; “Today's Convocation @MissouriWestern featuring @OfficialMLK3 was amazing. He spoke directly to my soul!”; “A wonderful speaker, so glad to have the opportunity to bring students to hear MLK III." As the executive director of the MSWU foundation raved: “The Convocation was phenomenal. Mr. King was so gracious and was well received by everyone. He is an amazing person.“
Marin Luther King III calls for justice during historic march on Washington
On the 54th Anniversary of his father’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King III led the Ministers March for Justice in Washington D.C. A call for religious leaders from all faiths to unite in the name of tolerance and equality, the march drew thousands to the capital and instantly made headlines in The Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, and more for its impactful timing following the tragedy in Charlottesville. "If ever there was a time to stand up for justice, that time is now," King III told the crowd. "Now is the time for every man and woman to stand up for rightuousness, to stand up for fairness, to stand up for peace." An internationally renowned civil rights activist and an ambassador to his parent’s legacy, King III has brought his messages of leadership, tolerance, and standing up for meaningful change to audiences around the world. Recently awarded the 2017 Lifetime Legacy Award by the National Newspaper Publisher Association, King III was also sought-out by Missouri Western State University to keynote their Convocation on Critical Issues and deliver a speech on “Embracing the Ideals of Freedom, Justice and Equality.” “Mr. King has a very important message for our students, employees and community members,” said the University’s President. “It is hard to believe that in 2018, his father will have been gone for 50 years, yet his message is still as relevant today as it was then.”
NNPA honors Martin Luther King, III with Lifetime Legacy Award
Martin Luther King, III was honored by The National Newspaper Publisher Association (NNPA) with the 2017 Lifetime Legacy Award at the group’s annual conference. An iconic civil rights activist and global humanitarian, King is a powerful advocate of his father Martin Luther King Jr.’s work leading nonviolent social change. As the President and CEO of the NNPA said: “For decades, more than anyone else, Martin Luther King III has continued to personify and represent the living legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for freedom, justice and equality. He has carried on his father’s legacy quite honorably, quite admirably, and quite successfully.” Accepting his award, King spoke of the importance of the black press in addressing community issues. Touching on everything from the current political environment to the impact of social media and how to put community first, King inspired audience members with his message of strength and unity.
Martin Luther King, III shares empowering message as “Greatness in Leadership” keynote
Delivering a keynote for over 1,000 business leaders and over 500 students at the Greatness in Leadership Management Development Day, Martin Luther King, III empowered with his message on how to inspire greatness, be a difference-maker and lead with intention. After speaking to a packed auditorium, King also sat down with several local news outlets to further highlight his message of inclusivity, meaningful social change and what it takes to be a leader. As King said, "What it takes is certainly determination, it takes courage, it takes commitment…A great leader is not just a great communicator, that's one of the key things that must exist, but he or she is really able to build coalitions, build a base of support."Watch King at the Greatness in Leadership event >>
Martin Luther King, III makes headlines for bringing voting rights into the national spotlight
A vocal and passionate advocate of a more just voting rights system, Martin Luther King, III has made headlines for his thought leadership and innovative strategies in bringing the issue to the national spotlight. Starting with powerful op-eds in The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune—both of which quickly went viral— King highlighted the work that remains in guaranteeing every citizen is able to vote, and how the issue is inextricably tied to race and socio-economic factors. Providing sharp analysis, King received praise for his pragmatic and tangible solutions to a problem that touches every part of our democracy. King has a proven track record of bringing creative leadership to crucial challenges, and made headlines yet again by working with the Miami Dolphins to become the first pro-sports franchise to register 100 percent of its players to vote. King spoke at the Dolphin’s training camp to announce the groundbreaking initiative, with the story quickly getting picked up by countless major outlets. “Of course, the hope is that this translates to encouraging more people across our nation to get engaged and to vote because a vote-less people, as dad said, is a powerless people,” King told the Miami Herald. “One of the most important steps that we can take is that short step to the ballot box.” Frequently sought-out for his leadership and insight on social injustice, King was also selected to the Board of Let America Vote, an organization leading the fight for voting rights.Read Martin Luther King, III’s powerful Washington Post op-ed >>
Martin Luther King, III is a sought-out, smash hit at WE Day events
An in-demand speaker at WE Day, Martin Luther King, III knows what it takes to inspire and empower audiences worldwide, delivering crucial messages on leadership, global citizenship, racial and social justice, and more. A series of powerful events that draws attention to the WE Movement—encouraging young people to make a difference in their communities—WE Day fills stadiums around the globe, bringing together top speakers and award-winning performers to celebrate young peoples’ positive contributions and kick-start another year of change. A regular at WE Day events, and consistently hailed for doing an “amazing job” and generating “phenomenal feedback from students, teachers, and press,” King most recently spoke at WE Day in New York, sharing powerful lessons passed down from his father for 18,000 engaged attendees.Watch King speak at a WE Day event >>
Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, III found Bounce TV
Bounce TV is the first African American broadcast network, featuring a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, sporting events, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-network series, original programming and more.See what's playing on Bounce TV >>
Martin Luther King, III keeps the drumbeat of peace and justice in today's difficult times
Mass shootings. Violence between police and American citizens. Poverty in our wealthy nation. Political rhetoric about race and diversity. America remains in need of a light to guide us through injustice and violence toward the peaceful fulfillment of MLK's dream.Get info about bringing MLK III's message to your audience >>
Martin Luther King, III speaks about race and politics in America
The violent events leading up the 2016 Election brought up painful conversations about gun control, race, police violence and the security of our cities- not from terrorism but from violence within. Martin Luther King, III discusses what America needs to do - citizens and politicians together- to achieve a dream to reduce poverty, violence and injustice in America.See more of MLK III's commentary on today's current events
As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III has seized the torch lit by his parents and is continuing their quest for equality and justice for all people.
He has been motivating audiences around the world with his insightful message of hope and responsibility for nearly twenty years. Whether speaking to an audience in Mozambique or Mississippi, Israel or Indiana, his vision of the future has touched thousands.
Mr. King's dedication to creating and implementing strategic nonviolent action to rid the world of social, political, and economic injustice has propelled him to the forefront as one of the nation's most ardent advocates for the poor, the oppressed, and the disillusioned.
A human rights advocate, community activist and a political leader, Mr. King has been actively involved in significant policy initiatives to maintain the fair and equitable treatment of all citizens, at home and abroad. Utilizing the principles of Kingian nonviolence, Mr. King quietly exercised negotiation and persuasion to reach a compromise between Georgia legislators and leaders to change the state flag that was an offensive and divisive symbol for many Georgians.
His commitment to world-wide humanitarian concerns was exemplified in the late 1970’s when he was asked to represent President Jimmy Carter in two official delegations to promote peace in foreign countries. Later, in 1984, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Mr. King ventured to five poverty and drought-stricken African nations on a fact-finding tour. The outcome of the tour was the creation of the Africa Initiative, a program developed to end starvation in Africa. In the 1980’s, he turned his attention and his action to the injustices of South Africa and was arrested at the South African embassy in Washington, D.C. as part of a civil disobedience protest against apartheid, and for the release of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. In the 1990’s, he addressed the moral and political dilemmas of third-world nations such as Haiti and Nigeria. In 1996, he toured Great Britain, where he celebrated Black History Month and shared his father’s vision of justice and equality for all people.
A graduate of his father’s Alma mater, Morehouse College (he received a B.A. in political science), Mr. King was elected to political office in 1986 as an at-large representative of over 700,000 residents of Fulton County, Georgia. As a member of the Board of Commissioners, he was instrumental in securing strong ethics legislation, purification of the county’s natural water resources, legislation regulating minority business participation in public contracting, and stringent hazardous waste disposal requirements.
Committed to the personal, educational and skill development of youth, he initiated the "King Summer Intern Program" to provide employment opportunities for high school students; "Hoops for Health," a charity basketball game intended to increase public awareness of newborn babies who suffer the effects of substance abuse; and "A Call to Manhood," an annual event designed to unite young African-American males with positive adult role models. In addition to addressing many youth groups and volunteering for several youth and young adult-oriented projects, one of Mr. King’s, writing projects is directed to young people. Since leaving public office, Mr. King has initiated "America United for Affirmative Action," a national coalition of organizations to prevent the dismantling of affirmative action initiatives across the nation. He continues to volunteer for numerous civic organizations, and to devote his time to causes which address the betterment of all humankind. One of Mr. King’s ongoing collaborations is with the annual Kindness and Justice Challenge sponsored by Do Something, Inc.
From 1997 to 2004, Mr. King served as the fourth President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization that his father co-founded in 1957. A long-standing member of the Board of Directors, Mr. King has devoted much of his adulthood to the continuance of his father's mission of nonviolent conflict resolution.
SCLC convened police brutality and racial profiling hearings in several states that led to the passage of anti-racial profiling resolutions. The Stop the Killing-End the Violence campaign was the anchor for the successful Gun Buy-Back program that collected over 10,000 weapons across the United States.
In 2006 Mr. King founded the nonprofit organization Realizing the Dream, Inc., which eventually merged with The King Center in 2010. King shared his father’s message to a receptive global audience, spearheading nonviolence education workshops and programs in Bosnia Herzegovina, India, Israel & Palestine, Kenya, Sri Lanka and the United States. Through a mix of nonviolence conferences and youth development programming, Mr. King, Realizing the Dream, and other members of the GEN II Global Peace Initiative have spread Dr. King’s message to a new generation.
On Sep. 19, 2008, Mr. King received one of India's most prestigious honors, the Ramakrishna Bajaj Memorial Global Award for outstanding contributions to the promotion of human rights at the 26th Anniversary Global Awards of the Priyadarshni Academy in Mumbai, India.
In conjunction with Ambassador Andrew Young and other partners, Mr. King co-founded Bounce TV, the first-ever independently owned and operated TV network featuring African-Americans. Bounce TV targets audiences 25 years of age and older, and the network’s content included a mix of movies, sports, documentaries and original programming that will broadcast to viewers who don’t have cable television in major cities across America.
Martin Luther King, III was born in Montgomery, Alabama, the second oldest of the four children of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Martin was nurtured among individuals deeply committed to the struggle for human rights and a nonviolent society. He has assimilated and utilized those values in his personal and public life.