Martin Luther King’s Daughter Explains Her Father’s Most Misused Quotes

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. most famous quotes still get used to this day, but would you believe according to his daughter Bernice King, some of the quotes are misused? Hear her explain it all to Jimmy Fallon, plus her thoughts on today’s protests

Benny Adams

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Posted On: June 6th, 2020 11:36 am pst

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Bold, heroic, and legendary. Those are just three of the many words that paint the picture of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

As the leader of the civil rights movement, he fought for equality and justice, along with his wife Coretta Scott King

On Thursday, King’s youngest daughter, Bernice A. King was a guest on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where she discussed her mother and fathers legacy and their influence on the black lives matter movement.

“My mom would be exhilarated, because she was always committed and dedicated to the next generation.” Said King, explaining what her mother would think of today’s protests. “She would be so excited, and really encouraging them to continue non-violent, peaceful protest, because it helps to keep things focused on the true narrative.”   

To this day, people of all races all around the world continue to practice what Dr. King preached by remembering some of his most iconic quotes. 

Sometimes though, those quotes can get misused, and according to his daughter, hearing her father’s words get twisted is the most frustrating part.

“In 68 my father was one of the most hated men in America, and now he’s one of the most loved men in the world. So people do kind of take liberties to kind of take different quotes to fit their situation, and nothing is more frustrating for me than that.” King Explained.

“When he talked about riots being the language of the unheard, he was not justifying in saying that he endorsed riots. He was explaining where the riots are coming from. 

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That’s not the only quote that can get misconstrued. As King explained, her father’s “I Have A Dream” speech can also be misinterpreted.    

“The other one that gets taken out of context all of the time is, I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” King said as she recited part of her father’s “I Have A Dream” speech.  “People were always saying Dr. King was for a color blind America, and nothing could be further from the truth. He was basically explaining there’s a beauty in who I am as a black person, but I should not be judged by those standards. It’s not that you don’t see my race, you see my race, you acknowledge my race, and you expect everything I bring along with that.”  

Still, King could not be more proud of the people going out and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and says she feels connected to what’s happening in this moment.  

 “The Beauty of the movement for black lives is the collection of who we are as America, fighting and standing side by side with our black brothers and sisters to affirm black lives matter; and my hope is that we move from protests to really solving problems, to really working on pairing down systemic racism and reconstructing on a foundation of love, justice, and non-violence.” Said King. 

Now, as many find themselves fighting for what is right in a new civil rights movement, King says she only hopes that the next step will move from protests to solving problems, and reconstructing on a foundation of love, justice and non-violence.

Beatrice King is the CEO of The King Center, and if you are unable to come out and protest, she created an online protest that happens every night at 7 p.m Eastern. It’s a place where you can go and express your opinion on everything that’s happening within the Black Lives Matter movement. 

We here at AfterBuzz TV are in full support of the Black Lives Matter movement, so please continue to tune in to our network daily for more coverage!

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Benny Adams is a Producer, entertainment Journalist, and host in Los Angeles. He studied broadcast journalism at California State University Northridge.

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