Dexter Scott King, the youngest son of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has passed away at 62 after a battle with prostate cancer. His death was confirmed by the King Center, where King had served as chairman. Married to Leah Weber King since 2013, Dexter was recognized for continuing his father's civil rights work and as a vocal advocate for veganism and animal rights, embodying his nonviolent principles.
Born into a legacy of activism, Dexter faced the immense challenge of carrying his father's mantle. He was just seven when Dr. King was assassinated, a moment he described as chaotic and traumatic. Throughout his life, he navigated the weight of expectations to emulate his father, a journey he candidly shared in his book "Growing Up King: An Intimate Memoir" and through his portrayal of his father in the 2002 film "The Rosa Parks Story."
Dexter's dedication to his father's legacy was multifaceted, extending beyond #civilrights to encompass advocacy for nonviolence in all forms, including his dietary choices. In a 1995 interview with The Vegetarian Times, he said his diet was an extension of his nonviolent beliefs. "There is a connection between how you live life and how you treat others," he told the magazine. "It starts with the individual."
In his remembrance, the family and the King Center have called for prayers and reflection, noting his peaceful passing and lifelong commitment to justice and equality. Dexter's absence is mourned by many, including his brother Martin Luther King III and the Rev. Al Sharpton, who expressed heartbreak over the loss yet found comfort in Dexter's reunion with his late parents and sister.
Our hearts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Dexter King.