Yolanda Denise King

Is your surname King?

Research the King family

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Yolanda Denise King

Birthplace: Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, United States
Death: May 15, 2007 (51-52)
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta King
Sister of Martin Luther King, III; Private; Dexter Scott King; Private and Bernice King

Occupation: Actress, activist
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:
view all

Immediate Family

About Yolanda Denise King

Yolanda Denise King (November 17, 1955 – May 15, 2007) was the first-born child of Coretta Scott King and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her younger siblings are Martin Luther King, III, Dexter Scott King, and Rev. Dr. Bernice Albertine King.

Born in Montgomery, Alabama to Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, King was a human rights activist and actress. An alumna of Smith College, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. (the official national memorial to her father) and was founding Director of the King Center's Cultural Affairs Program. She served on the Partnership Council of Habitat for Humanity, was the first national Ambassador for the American Stroke Association's "Power to End Stroke" Campaign, a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a sponsor of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Human Rights Campaign, and held a lifetime membership in the NAACP. King received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, a Master's degree in theater from New York University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Marywood University. In 1978 she starred as Rosa Parks in the TV miniseries King (which was based on her father's life and released on DVD in 2005). King was a spokeswoman for the national stroke awareness association.

Yolanda King co-edited a book, with Elodia Tate, titled "Open My Eyes, Open My Soul: Celebrating Our Common Humanity". It was published by McGraw-Hill 2003.

King was an ardent activist for gay rights, as was her mother, Coretta.

On May 15, 2007, King died aged 51 in Santa Monica, California. She collapsed at the home of Philip Madison Jones, her brother Dexter King's best friend, and could not be revived. Her family has speculated that her death was caused by a heart condition. A public memorial for Yolanda King was held on May 24, 2007 at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary in Atlanta. King was cremated.

On May 25, 2008, her brother Martin Luther III and his wife, Arndrea, gave birth to a baby girl and named her Yolanda, after his late sister.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yolanda_King

view all

Yolanda Denise King's Timeline

Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, United States
May 15, 2007
Age 52
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, United States