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November 09 2012

Dr. Bernice King to Play Key Role in Addressing Solutions for Financial Dignity

 

King’s role also includes part in Grand Opening Celebrations and Global Dignity Forum


Atlanta – November 11, 2012 – Motivating orator Bernice A. King will join the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit on November 14-15 in Atlanta, Georgia, as announced by Operation HOPE today. The youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice has long continued the struggle for civil rights and fairness to all.  King’s role extends through the two-day global conference as she will help launch the HOPE Atlanta Opportunity Bus Tour, celebrate the grand opening of the HOPE Financial Dignity Center, Atlanta at Ebenezer, as well as take part in the Global Summit closing session.

Bernice is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Law Degrees from Emory University. She has also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College. She is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia. On January 30, 2007, the 1st year anniversary of her mother’s death, Bernice returned to her alma-mater, Spelman College, to announce the establishment of the “Be A King Scholarship in honor of Coretta Scott King.”

With a strong concern for community and family partnership, Bernice was privileged to serve as a law clerk in the Fulton County Juvenile Court system, under Judge Glenda Hatchett, who was host of the nationally syndicated Judge Hatchett show. It was there that she realized that a growing number of teens have been double victims: first of society and secondly of an ineffective legal system based in retribution instead of rehabilitation.

She has also served as a mentor to a group of 5th grade girls at an inner-city Atlanta elementary school, where she spent time molding their character and values so that one day they too would become a force to be reckoned with in the world. In keeping with this vision, in 2007 Bernice spoke at the inauguration of the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA) where she gave the charge to the 6th grade girls who would be attending the new all-girls school. She reminded them that they were making history because they were among the first chosen to attend this school and as a result they would be expected to set the trend that others would follow. She continues to serve as a mentor for the young ladies at CSKYWLA. In January of 2011, Bernice launched the “100 Days of Nonviolence” campaign at CSKYWLA to expose them to nonviolence as modeled by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (“Kingian Nonviolence”), and to encourage them to begin embracing it as a way of life. She challenges these young ladies to combat bullying, fighting, and negative attitudes by using their tongue in a manner that is positive and uplifting.

Recently, Bernice agreed to serve on Operation HOPE’s Southeastern Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of the inaugural Regions Diversity Advisory Council for Regions Financial, which was established in May 2010. In January 2012, she was appointed by the Board of Trustees as Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, which was founded by her mother in 1968.

As an author, she has to her credit, her book, Hard Questions, Heart Answers, a compelling and inspiring book. From September 2010 through August 2011, Bernice did a weekly hour and a half radio segment entitled: “Raise the Standard” on Praise 102.5 FM in Atlanta with Rhodell Lewis. She covered a broad array of topics which included: Immigration Reform, Educational Reform, Health and Wellness, Teen Violence, Teen Sexuality, High School Dropout, Voting Responsibility, Love, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Why Should I Marry?, Being Single and Celibate, Childproofing your Children, and Parenting on the Edge.

The Global Summit is being made accessible to the general public, live streamed by Kaplan University, via its interactive platform KAPx. To watch the event log on to https://kapx.kaplan.com/events/hope-global-financial-dignity-summit-2012/ a few minutes prior to session times using your email address and the password you created when you registered for the event. If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, please register and we will email you the recording of this event.

The HGFDS is the culmination of 20th Anniversary celebrations for the”silver rights” nonprofit. The two-day summit activities will draw more than 1,000 of the most dynamic and influential financial industry professionals, government decision-makers and faith leaders worldwide to address viable long-term, systemic and sustainable solutions to our economic and life problems.

To learn how you can participate in the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit, check here, or join the conversation online at our online mini-summit, Talking Dignity.