2005 Martin Luther King III
President and CEO of the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther King, III continues to follow in the footsteps of his late father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, III’s dedication to promoting nonviolence action to rid the world of social, political, and economic injustice has propelled him to the forefront as one of the nation’s most ardent advocates for the oppressed and the disillusioned. He was instrumental in getting Georgia legislators to change the state’s flag, an offensive and divisive symbol for many Georgians. In the 1980’s, King was incarcerated for protesting against injustice in South Africa, and for supporting the freedom of Nelson Mandela. Throughout the 1990’s, he addressed the moral and political dilemmas of Haiti, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. He has spoken to the United Nation on behalf of individuals living with AIDS, and has proactively confronted racial profiling by conducting hearings that led to the passage of anti-racial profiling resolutions.