Yolanda King Has Died

By: ABC News
By: ABC News

The death of Yolanda King, the oldest child of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King brought reaction from around the nation. The 51-year-old passed away in Santa Monica, Calif., Tuesday night.

Activists are remembering King as the woman who tried everything she could to spread her father's message of peace and equality.

Described as the most outspoken of the King children, Yolanda King carried the torch first ignited by her father of the committed activist for social change and equality.

King used her own production company to promote the social justice and fight intolerance.

Earl Hutchinson talked about the impact that King left behind.

"Any time Yolanda King opened her mouth you could just feel the resonance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You could just sense it. It was like he was speaking through her. She really was a torch bearer, and keeping alive the dream," Hutchinson said.

In addition her years of activism Yolanda King had a passion for acting. She played Rosa Parks in the TV mini-series, King. She had roles in Death of a Prophet, starring Morgan Freeman, and Ghosts of Mississippi directed by Rob Reiner among her credits.

This follows the death of her mother Coretta who died last year. They are doubtful that anybody will be able to carry on Martin Luther King's message as passionately as his first-born daughter did.

"You have you to remember when look at the family tradition that Yolanda King grew up in. So it was a living breathing presence for her, from day one. The other younger people coming along they do not have the same sense of passion for the civil rights and social justice," said Hutchinson. "I do not see the torch being carried in the same way by many of the younger generation."


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