The first son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III is a human rights advocate and community activist. In 1997, King was unanimously elected to head the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a civil rights organization founded by his father. He also has led the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. In 2006, King was inspired to found an organization called Realizing the Dream, which broadened the scope of his work at the same time connecting with his father’s legendary legacy.
Realizing the Dream is committed to the power of nonviolence to achieve positive social change. Realizing the Dream seeks transformation that ensures justice, equality and community throughout the world through three strategies: community economic development, youth leadership development and conflict resolution.
The organization launched a national Community Economic Development program to address health, education, employment, housing, economic development and community capacity. Its Youth Leadership Development program provides systematic coaching, trainings, mentorship and governance to engage youth of all ages and demographic profiles as ethical and active decision makers in an interconnected world. A Conflict Mediation program uses forms of non-violent training, dialogue, community justice and democratic governance to increase the levels of communication and mutual understanding among peoples.