MLK's youngest daughter and 100 other ministers tour NCRM

MLK's youngest daughter and 100 other ministers tour NCRM

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Reverend Bernice King, the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., got an up-close look at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Bernice arrived in Memphis on Monday with a group of 100 ministers from Atlanta.

Her first stop was at the National Civil Rights Museum to tour the latest exhibit dedicated to her father's legacy and her mother's involvement in the movement.

Bernice is the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and she was only 5 years old when her father was assassinated.

It was a somber mood as hundreds stood in awe viewing the place where Dr. King was assassinated.

For Dr. King's youngest child, the National Civil Rights Museum still triggers unresolved grief.

"For some strange reason I just broke down in tears," Bernice said.

She spoke about her father's legacy and said the commemoration of her father's death is a chance to spread the message of non-violence.

Bernice was last in Memphis in October 2017, and she mentioned she was brought to tears during that trip to Memphis and the National Civil Rights Museum.

"This particular time in October I just broke down in tears," Bernice said. "It may a lot to do with my age, really having to face this once again, and processing and trying to bring some closure to the emotion of losing a father."

She said she wants to use this opportunity to overcome racial barriers within religion as well.

As the world questions where do we go from here, Bernice is spreading a message of non-violence and encouraging society to break the cycle of poverty, racism, violence.

To do that, she said it starts with taking a close look at values.

"We have to have ecumenical loyalties, I would have to say a loyalty to humankind overall," Bernice said.

Bernice announced she will be speaking Tuesday night at Mason Temple, the location where her father gave his last speech.

WMC Action News 5 will have a crew there to cover the event.

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