Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Yolanda King collapses, dies

Another religious/political figure died unexpectedly yesterday. According to the AP, Yolanda King, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s eldest child collapsed and died after making a speech. She was 51.

King spoke at Greenwood Acres Full Gospel Baptist Church's annual Freedom Awards Banquet in 2004. She was dynamic, funny and obviously committed to her father's work of bringing love, unity and peace to all people.

"Too often we turn on each other instead of turning to each other," King said to the audience of about 400. She encouraged everyone to be active in their community instead of just standing by and watching.

"We need to get beyond our differences which will remain," she said. "We all come from the same source and the same creator."

Photo: King speaking at Greenwood Acres. Times photo/Shane Bevel

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