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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Dr. King's Eldest meets her father in the afterlife....Yolanda King passes....

This just in from the International Herald Tribune:

ATLANTA: Yolanda Denise King, daughter and eldest child of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has died, said Steve Klein, a spokesman for the King Center.

King died late Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, at age 51.

Klein said the family did not know the cause of death but think it might have been a heart problem.

Born in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, King was just an infant when her home was bombed during the turbulent civil rights era.

As an actress, she appeared in numerous films and even played civil rights heroine Rosa Parks in the 1978 miniseries "King." She also founded a production company called Higher Ground Productions.

She was also an author and advocate for peace and nonviolence.

Her mother, Coretta Scott King, died last year.

Yolanda King is survived by her sister, the Rev. Bernice A. King; two brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King; and an extended family.

Funeral arrangements would be announced later, the family said in a statement.

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