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WASHINGTON– Dexter Scott King, the youngest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King passed away on Monday. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

“It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of Dexter Scott King. As a steward of his father’s legacy and former chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center For Nonviolent Social Change, he worked tirelessly to advance his father’s dream of achieving racial justice and equity for Black people in the United States. The King family’s enduring commitment to Dr. King and Coretta Scott King’s vision of a world where equality, justice, and freedom are accessible to all has left an indelible mark on our society, and continues to serve as a beacon. Dexter was no exception, dedicating much of his life and career to advancing that critical work.

As we extend our deepest condolences to the King family, we reaffirm our own commitment to upholding the ideals Dexter so passionately believed in and that aAll Americans should continue to work toward.”


About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to mobilize the nation’s leading lawyers as agents for change in the Civil Rights Movement. Today, the Lawyers’ Committee uses legal advocacy to achieve racial justice, fighting inside and outside the courts to ensure that Black people and other people of color have the voice, opportunity, and power to make the promises of our democracy real. For more information, please visit