Martin Luther King III

Civil Rights Activist/

Global Humanitarian/

Political Leader

“We must build on the compassion that has emerged out of greater social awareness now, by transforming that emotion into action. If we don’t, time will dull our feelings of outrage, and memories will fade."


If the pandemic, social violence, and racist acts of current times have taught us anything, it’s that monumental world challenges can only be overcome by working together.

March On Washington 2020


Ask yourself: Could you love your neighbor and treat people as you want to be treated for just one day? Most of us would answer yes.

So, if we can live a day in peace, why not a week? If we can live a week in peace, why not a month? If we can live in peace a month, why not a year?

And if we can achieve a year, why not a lifetime?

The Kingian legacy is about the fight to eradicate poverty, racism, and violence. It’s about peace, justice, and equity. What kind of society do you seek for yourself and your family? Where can you make your own, unique contribution?

You don’t have to wait until a catastrophe strikes you, your family, or your community before you take action. Youth leaders like Greta Thunberg and my own daughter, Yolanda, are showing us adults every day that the time to get engaged in solutions is now.

WE Day Canada

We don’t have a lifetime to waste. It’s the time of our lives right now. Would you like to align yourself with people, families, and partnerships that can help with what we all want to achieve?

That’s what it’s going to take. No one person, no one organization can possibly do all this work. But together, we can. Together, we must. Together, we can rise above the noise and find common sense solutions to even the world’s hardest problems.

The words of my father, Martin Luther King Jr., are such an inspiration to me: “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” That is the essence of how to live a good life. It really is that simple.

If you’d like to join our good work, I’d love to hear from you.


March On Washington 2020


August 11, 2021

Battle to pass federal voting rights legislation to heat up with Aug. 28 marches nationwide

Civil rights leaders are gearing up for the Aug. 28 “March On For Voting Rights” — to push passage of federal voting legislation — [...]

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August 6, 2021

Mobilize everyday people to fight Republican attacks on voting, just like in 1965: MLK III

The backlash is a reminder of how far we’ve come, how much we have to defend and how far we have to go. The world we want will take a lifetime of work. [...]

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January 28, 2021

Martin Luther King III: My Father Had Another Dream | NYT Opinion

VIDEO: As we celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we must think about the message he [...]

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January 14, 2021

Opinion: Martin Luther King Jr. abhorred the death penalty.

In 1957, my father, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was asked whether God approves of the death penalty for certain crimes. He responded, [...]

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June 30, 2020

‘In Storms, All Kinds of Things Can Happen’: Martin Luther King III on a Pivotal Month

Mr. King, the oldest son of Martin Luther King Jr., talked about what his father might have thought of the current protests for racial justice, and why this [...]

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Recent Projects

Throughout his life, MLKIII has worked with  organizations deeply committed to the struggle for human rights and a nonviolent society.

Drum Major Institute

Founded in 1961 on Dr. King’s vision of a world free of racism, poverty and violence, the Drum Major Institute carries Dr. King’s work and vision of radical nonviolence into the 21st century, democratizing it for all people.

To meet this historic moment, we facilitate dialogue and collaboration to support the countless courageous acts of individuals and organizations across the nation and the world. We ensure that the vital conversations will advance far beyond this moment in time – and lead to tangible lasting outcomes.

March On For Voting Rights

On August 28, 2021 — the 58th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech — Martin Luther King III and his family will lead a march on Washington, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Phoenix and other cities to call for voting rights protection in the United States. 

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act in August 1965, but Coretta Scott King often said, “Every generation has to earn its freedom.” 

During these inspiring, impassioned, action-oriented, and peaceful demonstrations, the King family will impress upon thousands of participants that their vote is their voice. We march in opposition to the +400 bills that are racist in nature and clearly anti-democratic.

Give Us The Ballot

We must pass a federal voter protection bill. Republicans have introduced nearly 400 voter restriction laws. ‘Give Us The Ballot’ is asking everyday people to give a dollar per day until a federal Bill is passed. 

We're building this campaign with Resist This PAC - the team behind the most successful political micro-donation campaign ever - Defeat By Tweet. We've worked with them before - previously launching Win Both Seats with them - which provided $2.5M to organizers in Georgia during the Senate runoff.

Win Both Seats

Together we 'won both seats!' and raised $2.5million for grassroots organizers in Georgia for the senate runoff.

#WinBothSeats is an activist influencer led initiative. Our co-founders are focused on using their reach and influence to uplift and resource the Black and Brown heroes leading the fight in Georgia, and beyond.

Life & Family

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III is carrying the torch lit by both of his parents into the 21st century.

Martin Luther King III, wife Arndrea, and daughter Yolanda

Photo by: Shayan Asgharnia

Martin Luther King III is the first-born son of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King. As an American Baptist minister and activist, Dr. King was the most
recognized and respected spokesman and leader in the American civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. A prolific speaker and writer, Dr. King was a globally recognized champion of justice and peaceful protests, and at the age of 35, the youngest man to receive the Novel Peace Prize. His iconic “I Have a Dream” speech continues to inspire millions around the world.

Mrs. King was an author, artist, activist, and civil rights leader in the 1950s and 1960s and one of the most influential women leaders of her time. Working alongside her husband — and after his death, on her own — she traveled the world speaking out about racial and economic justice, women’s and children’s rights, gay and lesbian dignity, religious freedom, and the needs of the poor and homeless.

Martin Luther King III has devoted his entire life to shepherding and building upon his parents’ legacy. With his wife, Arndrea Waters King, and young daughter Yolanda Renee King, the King family continues to dedicate their life’s work to the social progress and widespread healing of our nation and the world.


Martin Luther King III serves as an ambassador for global human rights, the movement for social change and civil rights by addressing critical issues such as poverty, injustice and violence.

There are monumental world challenges that we must focus on as a society. Climate change, poverty, violence, peace, justice, equity...

Where do you and your family want to make a difference? What is the legacy of your family? You must decide what kind of society you seek for yourself and your loved ones, and then identify where you can make a contribution.

All of us have a contribution to make. Get engaged. Get involved.

Let us know how the King family can help.


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