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Ms. Bernice King to Share Wisdom and Inspiration with ADEA LI Fellows

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Ms. Bernice A. King will be addressing ADEA LI Fellows on June 17, 2011 in Atlanta, GA (photo courtesy Ms. King)During the week of June 13, the 2011-12 ADEA Leadership Institute Fellows will attend Phase I of their program in Atlanta, Georgia. During their five-day meeting, they will visit The King Center, where Ms. Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of Ms. Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will speak to them about the philosophy of leadership.

The purpose of the ADEA Leadership Institute is to develop leaders at the associate dean, dean, and university administration levels. During Phase I, the Fellows will spend time discussing visionary leadership and how to lead change at their home institutions.

Ms. King is regarded as one of the most powerful, motivating, and life-changing speakers in the world. Known for speaking in her mother’s stead at the United Nations at the age of 17, Ms. King has had the occasion to address audiences at the White House, DuPont Corp., AT&T, the Salvation Army, Duke University, and around the world in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Ms. King holds a Master’s of Divinity and a Doctorate of Law from Emory University and has received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Wesley College. She is a member of the Georgia State Bar and in 2007, on the first anniversary of her mother’s death, announced the establishment of the Be A King Scholarship at Spelman College, her alma mater.

With a strong concern for community and family partnership, Ms. King served as a law clerk in the Fulton County Juvenile Court system under Judge Glenda Hatchett, host of the nationally syndicated Judge Hatchett show.

In 2007, Ms. King spoke at the inauguration of the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA) and she continues to serve as a mentor for the school’s students. In January 2011, she launched the “100 Days of Nonviolence” campaign at CSKYWLA to expose the students to “Kingian Nonviolence,” as modeled by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ms. King has been featured on Oprah, CNN, BET, and the Judge Hatchett Show as well as People Magazine, Ebony, Essence, Ladies Home Journal, and Charisma Magazine. She was recognized in 2005 as a “Woman of Strength and Courage” by the American Legacy Magazine. In April 2008, she was selected as one of 15 delegates to meet Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the United States. In 1997, she published her first book Hard Questions, Heart Answers, a collection of her sermons and speeches.

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