By Donovan X. Ramsey/theGrio.com
The day after the national holiday in recognition of his father, Martin Luther King III announced that he will be stepping down as CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. He has held the position since 2011.
He said in a statement, “I will be devoting my primary future efforts towards launching a new organization that will focus on supporting a new generation of young “drum majors for justice” worldwide to expand my commitment to the Kingian principles of nonviolence, social justice, and human rights.”
His sister, Bernice King has been announced as the new chief executive of the center while her brother Dexter will continue on as its chairman.
The King Center was founded in 1968 by Coretta Scott King in Atlanta with a mission of continuing Dr. King’s legacy of non-violent activism. It houses an exhibit of King-related artifacts and is also the site of Dr. and Mrs. King’s crypt.