Interview with Martin Luther King III Websession

Mr. Martin Luther King III is the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King.  Mr. King serves as an ambassador of his parent’s legacy of nonviolent social change. He is an American human rights advocate and community activist. Mr. King has devoted his life to working in the non-profit sector to promote civil rights and global human rights and to eradicate the “triple evils” of racism, militarism and poverty which his father identified as the scourges of humankind. He has served as an election monitor and observer in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. In addition, Mr. King has conducted nearly 40 Poverty Study Tours in a groundbreaking initiative, which has sparked public debate and law enforcement advocacy on the issue of poverty. In conjunction with Ambassador Andrew Young and other partners, Mr. King co-founded Bounce TV, the first independently owned and operated TV network in the U.S. featuring African-Americans. The network’s content includes movies, sports, documentaries and original programming. Mr. King is married to Arndrea Waters King and the father of a daughter, Yolanda Rene, the sole grandchild of Dr. King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, who was named in honor of his late sister Yolanda Denise King.

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    1. Thank you, Mentor Maurice, for the question. This question is so deep and pushes us to reflect on our after death on earth. I think that for my legacy to be remembered, here are the different steps that I can take:
      1. Differentiate what I do to myself from what I do to others because, after my death, people will no longer remember what I did to myself. But instead, they will remember what I did to others.
      2. Practice compassion and empathy around me by showing others that they are also a priority for me.
      2. Help others to improve their lives and become better versions of themselves.

  2. Hey. I hope everyone is doing well here.
    I just watched the first video. And I want to say thanks to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Its mission and vision are relevant to our societies.
    We need that kind of Museum in the world as memories of our societies. It helps us to keep the stories and the legacy of people who came before us. By doing so, new generations will learn from the past, from the stories of such great defenders of Civil Rights like Martin Luther King, Gandhi, etc., and then build the future.
    I appreciate it when Ms. Kristie C. Raymer emphasizes on the fact that the Museum’s goal is for the whole world and to empower youth from over the world. We must continue sharing stories from the past to inspire youth. That is how we can create for each generation the changemakers we need to fulfill our mission.

  3. It was great, fantastic, and insightful to meet Mr. Martin Luther King III in Video 2. Thank you so much, Kectil Team for bringing us such an inspiring personality.
    First of all, his words demonstrate the power of youth in this world. It confirms to me that I am part of this generation, full of energy, which must bring changes within our communities. We must then be aware of the potential we have and use that potential wisely to create the world we want to see.
    Secondly, I like how his family cultivates some fundamental values such as forgiveness, non-violence throughout the different lines of the family. I think, as future leaders, we must learn from his family and put these values at the core of our leadership and make sure that the generations after us keep the same fundamental values.

  4. Video 3 (Childhood) was full of many funny stories but also the source of great leadership lessons from Mr. Martin Luther King III.
    On the one hand, I was impressed by the response his mother gave to him when he came home, reporting what other kids were saying about their father, who was in jail at that time. I think our words are powerful, and we should use them to inspire people around us as his mother did. Saying that “your father went to jail to make the world better for all of God’s children” is powerful and inspiring. Instead of using our words to discourage or destroy, we must use them to encourage, inspire, and build great things. There is power in every word we say.
    On the other hand, at the end of the video, Mr. Martin Luther King III emphasizes how his father is an engaging person and how he always creates an inclusive environment around him. I think one of the qualities of a good leader is to take into account everyone, even the minorities. As Ms. Sherry said, all human beings are equal and I believe that each member of the society is essential and has a unique perspective to bring.

  5. When I was watching the video 4 (50th Anniversary), it was so touching to listen to specific facts from Mr. Martin Luther King III, about the work and the assassination of his father. At the same time, Mr. Martin Luther King III was still a kid at that time. However, the good thing is he left a legacy full of values for his family and the whole world. Furthermore, I understand how the culture of these values ( love, forgiveness, etc.) is essential for Mr. Martin Luther King III.
    We must, therefore, learn from those great personalities to build ethical leadership. And I appreciate it when Ms. Sherry put reading at the core of this learning. Reading helps us to avoid ignorance, have a good understanding of our societies, and be able to address the global issues we are facing.
    Finally, I wish all the best for the global non-violence initiative Mr. Martin Luther King III is working on. I believe it is one of the best ways to pay tribute to those three icons ( Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Gandhi) and keep sharing their values within our societies.

  6. From video 5 ( Legacy), I learned more deeply about the life of Martin Luther King Jr and some specific facts about his commitment to his communities, for example, the symbolic “I have a dream speech,” and the Nobel Peace Prize.
    I think that these things are systematically part of the legacy he left to the world, and as a young generation, we should see that legacy as a mirror in our ways to build ethical leadership around the world.

  7. This was the very first time I got engaged with the legacy of Martin Luther King. It was great, fantastic, and insightful to meet Mr. Martin Luther King III in Video 2. Thank you so much, Kectil Team for bringing such materials for us for such inspiring personality.

    1. I can also testify @Shweta Joshi. It was my first time as well I have been engaged with the legacy of Martin Luther King. The only thing I knew about him before, was the symbolic speech, “I have a dream.” It is for me an excellent opportunity to learn about his legacy more deeply.
      The webinars are definitely useful and insightful for our generation.

  8. It was great to know about Coretta Scott King in video 6. Something that impressed me from this video is how she remembered people and sent them cards on their birthdays. I think she values the human-being and has humanity.
    Besides, she is evidence of the fact that you can be a woman, a leader, a mum, and a changemaker as well. Women have the power to change the world. And we must be starting teaching that to girls at an earlier age.

  9. Thank you so much, Kectil, for inviting Mr. Martin Luther King III in Video 7 to talk about the Kectil Ten Points of Leadership. I have read about the ten points, watched some videos on the internet. However, the discussion with Mr. Martin Luther King III gave me more insights into the ten points.
    I want to add something that stands out most for me. Indeed, I agreed with Mr. Martin Luther King III, when he said that we need to teach ethics in schools. I think it is crucial for us and even for the kids today to understand the importance of ethics, integrity, and the core values of our society. We cannot create a generation of changemakers without ethics.

    1. I think for me the key word in that phrase is “Sometimes”. Not all the time because even in religion, people come together. Sometimes you can go to a strange land and all that the strangers in that land have in common with you is the religion you share

        1. Exactly. As much as this is portrayed as a dividing factor in most forums. A careful look at it brings out the fact that it brings togetherness too. The only backdrop is that may it be creates cliques, factions which may not be accomodative to all.

  10. I identify with Ms. Kristie C. Raymer when she mentions Iddi Amin as among the dictators of this age. He was my fellow country man and was the forerunner for all dictators who have ruled Uganda. It is indeed true that the youth execute activist movements guided by the leadership of the experienced. I believe this is the time for Africa to rise up against any forms of violence and we the youth need to take a stand with boldness. Thanks to the Kectil generation concept

  11. If there is anything i learnt from Martin’s Childhood, its giving people quality time rather than quantity. This makes the greatest impact especially when we show that we are present fro people and have light moments with them. Such moments are priceless

  12. Looking at the six steps to non-violence, i wonder how many African countries trying to resolve conflict go through these stages. Especially when negotiation has failed, direct action has taken the form of violence instead. We need to champion this the change for this narrative by starting to apply these principles in interpersonal conflict

  13. Thank you to Thabita Nakholi for the interview in Video 8 with Mr. Martin Luther King III. It was insightful. I want to emphasize one two things you discussed: the first thing is, as a youth, we must not wait for the right time to start our actions. “Now is the right time, and the time is always right to do what is right.” The second thing is how men can be involved in empowering women in our societies and also support our communities to deal with the issues women are facing. I think men have a role in creating a safe environment for women.

  14. Even if the Video 9 aimed to appreciate Mr. Martin Luther King III for giving his time to share experiences and facts about his father and family, I got something interesting from Ms. Sherry when she said: “ The youth need row models.” I definitely agree with her because we do need models to shape our perspectives and leadership. And we should also understand that we must inspire others and become their models as well. By doing so, we create a chain of row models for the world.

  15. I am inspired after listening to the life of Martin Luther King Jr. To me, I will say He was a man of Peace and Love and demonstrated that not only during in his work as a Political activist but also instilled that in his family. The other thing I learnt was about his steps and principles of non – violence and to add to that, his last step in fighting conflict was Reconciliation to bring the community forward after discussing a dialogue and taking a direct action on the matter of any violence.

  16. For me, Martin Luther King has always been a great role model and hearing his story from Martin Luther King Jr. is so enlightening. Also, watching this series I have been so moved by the life story of Martin Luther King Jr. which was so empowering. Thank you Kectil for this amazing video series.

    1. Thank you Martin Luther King 111, for such an awesome and inspiring message. Martin Luther King is indeed an icon and role model whose story and background I can wholeheartedly relate to, his struggles meant a lot not just to the blacks but to everyone, his passion for a better world and greater future sends a strong message to various group of people in the world. His core believe for Justice and equality has helped make the world we are today a better one, we need more of Martin Luther King in this present generations, we need young men and women who are passionate about changing the negative narratives in their various regions in the world, who are eager to stand for what is just and fair. In his Legendary words, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere”

  17. Thank you Kectil for sharing the legacy of Martin Luther King with us. I found the quote from Martin Luther King the III’s grandfather incredibly profound, “I refuse to allow the man that killed my wife and son to reduce me to hatred” .

  18. This series is information-packed!
    Thank you Malmar Knowles Family foundation for this platform.
    Thank you Mr. Martin Luther King III for bringing your daughter to the section, she is such a compassion girl, she has the qualities of a good leader, I’m glad she is the future, and teaching other young adolescent like her to be better. It runs in the family ?.
    This web-session gave me more insight to Martin Luther King Jr life, and Coretta, she is sure a strong woman.
    Your story is inspiring.
    Your knowledge has equipped me more.

  19. From videos 10 to 14, I was impressed by the qualities of the questions the Kectil Colleagues were asking Mr. Martin Luther King III. And I think the discussions were insightful and I have learned a lot about how we can address some issues we are facing as Africans and youth around the world. But one of the most important things I got from the four videos is the fact that Mr. Martin Luther King III brought his daughter into the discussions. I was so fascinated when she talked about her passion and how her grandparents inspired her. I believe that families are the best place to teach kids and unleash their potential, and as future leaders and parents, we must create the best environment for our children and inspire them through our day to day life.

  20. The Centre for civil and human right really did a great job for making this available for us. The #Youth power was re echoed in the video. Values preaching which is exactly what we need in this century was also used to tell stories. Coretta really inspired me with his value for humanity- Sending cards to people on birthday is something I will like to emulate. Teaching of ethics in school as echoed by Mr. Martin Luther King III is something I am already championing in Nigeria with some partners. The six steps to solve conflict is something I am carefully studying, I think it will help us in our organisation going forward. Overall, I am inspired to implement lesson learnt. Thank you KECTIL. I am very grateful for giving me this opportunity to learn.

  21. I am a detail oriented person, I love to break words in bits to understand in-depth and true messages in each and everything I devote myself to watch, read and listen to.
    I took this 14 videos one after the other, at my quiet/study times. Watch it over time and today while I’m doing a recap on all the webinars on this amazing platform, I thought I should lead some words of praise and gratitude for all I have learnt so far giving this’s a rare one here.
    To the founder of this noble family, who’s always up and doing at ensuring we get the very best of life essence, you are a Herculean task to fathom and my super role model.
    To Martin Luther king 111,thank you for all you do for we youth, for your messages, words of admonition and inspiration,I am truly grateful.????

  22. Oh! This little girl swept me off my feet, it’s really difficult to find you kids of her age who already understands what adding values to humanity is so amazing hearing kids of her age speak about what most adults in African dabble to understand. Such powerful videos.

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