King and his siblings were assured an education thanks to the help of Harry Belafonte , who set up a trust fund for them years prior to their father's death. King attended Morehouse College , his late father's alma mater. He studied business administration, but did not graduate. He later became an actor and documentary filmmaker. In May , King's mother named the twenty-eight-year-old as her successor as president of the King Center. Before his mother's choice, King openly expressed interest in changing the King Center into "a West Point of nonviolent training. He resumed the position in , but the King Center's influence was sharply reduced by then. Reflecting, King admitted that the time was not right since he was "probably moving faster than the board was ready to. Dexter has been a dedicated vegan  and animal rights activist since the late s. He attended the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, , the event at which his father delivered his I Have a Dream speech.
Dexter was seven years old when his father was killed. Twenty-nine years later, Dexter King met with James Earl Ray, imprisoned for his father's murder. At a press conference, Coretta Scott King stated that "there is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr
She was just 5 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. I believe and subscribe to these things from the depth of my soul. Wednesday marks 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. Since then, his four children, three of whom are alive today, have faced the challenge of growing up without their father and within his shadow, becoming their own people while carrying on his legacy and that of their mother, who died in Yolanda King, their sister, died in Wornie Reed, director of the Race and and Social Policy Center at Virginia Tech and a participant in the civil rights movement, echoes that idea. He said that the instinct to remember King primarily through the lens of nonviolence neglects the more radical policies that were key to his message at the time of his death. But influencing the way such an iconic figure is remembered is a complicated task, even when that figure is your father. At times, Martin Luther King Jr. Dexter King — CEO of Intellectual Properties Management, the entity that licenses the King estate — declined to be interviewed or to comment on the matter.
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