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A Statement from President Helene Gayle on the Passing of Dexter King Share a Spelman College Press Release


January 22, 2024

Spelman College is saddened to learn of the passing of Dexter King, the youngest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King. Dexter King, like his father, was a Morehouse alumnus. He also served as chairman of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change.   

We extend sincere condolences to his loved ones and remaining siblings, Martin Luther King, III and Spelman alumna Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, C’85. Our thoughts and prayers are also with his cousin, Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, C’86, professor of psychology here at Spelman. The Spelman community and Atlanta University Center have been enriched by the presence of the King family over many decades. We recently celebrated the life of Christine Farris King, C’48, Dexter’s aunt, and the College's longest-serving faculty member.

The Spelman College community is forever indebted to the King family for planting the mission of the Beloved Community in all our hearts, and we honor the many sacrifices made by the King family to make our country and world more equitable and just.  

Helene D. Gayle
President of Spelman College

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