Dr. Bernice King Reflects On Life After Losing Her Dad

Apr 4, 2018

Bernice A. King reading a quote from her father before remarks by former President Bill Clinton.
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Dr. Bernice King was just 5-years-old when her father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated. A lot changed for her that day, but much more would change in the following years. By the time she was 11-years-old, King had lost her father, her grandmother, and her uncle - a surrogate father who shaped her early childhood. 

In a conversation on stage at the Pabst Theatre, presented by the Jewish Community Center Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Urban League, King talked about her father’s legacy, her work, and what life was like after that harrowing day in 1968.