Dr. Bernice A. King is a global thought leader, orator, peace advocate, and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, which was founded by her mother, Coretta Scott King, in 1968 to educate youth and adults about the nonviolent principles modeled by her parents. From this position, the same one once held by her mother, this transformative leader steadfastly continues her efforts to advance her parents’ legacy of Kingian Nonviolence, which she re-branded Nonviolence365™.
Prior to taking on her role at the center, Dr. King was already known as a powerful, motivating and life-changing orator and speaker. Over the years, she has spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, at the White House, for major corporations and universities, and in nations throughout the world, including South Africa, Germany, and New Zealand.
Dr. King is a graduate of Spelman College with a bachelor of arts in psychology and of Emory University, with a master of divinity and doctorate of law. She has also received an honorary doctorate of divinity degree from Wesley College. In honor of her mother she returned to her alma mater, Spelman College, to announce the establishment of the Be A King® Scholarship. Dr. King is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia and a trained mediator. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum and National Council of Negro Women.
Dr. King has been featured on numerous television shows, in magazines, as a television commentator and is the recipient of a host of awards and accolades. In April 2008, she was one of the 15 delegates selected to meet Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the United States. In March 2018, Dr. King was fortunate to have a private audience with his holiness, Pope Francis.
Dr. King is an innovative, energetic and committed leader dedicated to taking her parents’ legacy and teachings, The King Center, and the work of creating a more peaceful, just, humane world with Nonviolence365 into a new era.