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Bernice King, Youngest Child of Martin Luther King Jr., Recalls Her Father and His Legacy

Bernice King, AARP

August 2013, Washington, D.C.: Edna Kane-Williams, AARP vice president, multicultural markets and engagement (left), presents Rev. Bernice King, newly 50, with an AARP card. — AARP

The youngest of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s four children, Bernice King, began her public speaking career at age 17, when she addressed the United Nations in her mother's place.

See also: The impact of civil rights

Like her father, Bernice King, 50, is a minister. (She's also an attorney, motivational speaker and founder of the organization Be a King.)

"My father really set the tone for us to be a more moral nation, to take a moral high ground in everything that we do," she tells Mike Cuthbert, host of AARP Prime Time Radio, during her visit to Washington for the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. "He was that consistent voice, unwavering. We don't have that today."

Use the audio player, above, to listen to the interview.

Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr, 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

November 1964, Atlanta: Martin Luther King Jr. having dinner with a toddler Bernice. — Flip Schulke/Corbis

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights

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