Yolanda King

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Black History Month Spotlight

Brief Biography:

Yolanda King, the eldest child of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr lived virtually her entire life in the turmoil of the civil rights revolution that her father and mother, Coretta Scott King, helped lead.

Yolanda King wrote and produced plays and continued acting as a way to express herself outside of her family’s interests. Ms. King graduated from Smith College and earned a master of fine arts degree from New York University. She then toured the country with the Christian Theater Artist Company, which she helped found.

Yolanda King continued her adult life giving speeches to groups that included elementary school children and Fortune 500 corporations; Ms. King’s consistent goal was to infuse her work, including her films, with her family’s deeper purposes for equality.