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Bernice Albertine King was born on 28 March 1963, in Atlanta, Georgia USA, and is a minister, former law clerk, the CEO of The King Center, and a civil rights activist who is probably best known as a daughter of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
So just how rich is Bernice King? Sources state that King has established a net worth of over $3 million as of late 2017, largely acquired through her involvement in the King Center and other similar organizations for more than 30 yeras.
Bernice King Net Worth $3 Million
King’s childhood and teenage years were marked by multiple tragedies. First, her father was assassinated when she was five years old, and she and her siblings were raised by their mother. In the following few years, she lost her uncle, grandmother and a few other close relatives as well. The tragedies caused her to learn how to deal with anger issues and depression. She would constantly watch documentaries about her father, which would eventually bring her to follow in his footsteps, and become a minister.
King attended Douglass High School in Atlanta, Georgia, and later Grinnell College in Iowa. She then enrolled in Spelman College, obtaining her BA degree in Psychology, and would eventually gain Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Law Degrees from Emory University, as well as an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College.
King was called to the ministry at the age of 17; several years later she delivered her first sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where her father and grandfather had served as pastors. In 1990 she was ordained as a minister, and went on to serve as an assistant minister for three years. In 1993 she began serving as a minister at Greater Rising Star Baptist Church in Atlanta, becoming the church’s senior pastor in charge of youth and women’s ministries in 1995. She later served as an elder at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, leaving the church in 2011.
In the meantime, King started to make public speeches, her first being in her mother’s stead at the United Nations at the age of 17. She was arrested several times for protesting against various principles that her parents also fought against. Over the years, she has delivered numerous speeches at seminars and conferences all over the world, addressing a variety of subjects and campaigns, and becoming one of the most powerful and motivating speakers in the world.
King served as a law clerk in the Fulton County Juvenile Court system too, working as a rehabilitation-outreach co-ordinator and youth counselor. She has also served as a mentor to a group of girls from an Atlanta elementary school. All added somewhat to her net worth.
A notable minister, King was the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, once led by her father, from 2009 to 2010, being the first female president in the organization’s history. As of 2012, she has been the CEO of The King Center, founded by her mother in 1968, in which she has continued to educate youth about various principles promoted by her parents, regarding education, racism, sexism, women empowerment, poverty, leadership, and above all, non-violence. She has also served on the Southeastern Board of Directors of Operation – HOPE – and on the Board of the inaugural Regions Diversity Advisory Council for Regions Financial. Her involvement in these organizations has significantly contributed to King’s wealth.
Throughout her career, King has been featured on various television shows, such as “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “BET Talk with Tavis Smiley” and “The Judge Hachett Show”. She has also appeared in numerous magazines.
In addition, King is the author of a book entitled “Hard Questions, Heart Answers: Sermons and Speeches”, released in 1997, and another “The Father I Never Knew” published in 2002.
Being a respected minister and acclaimed civil rights activist who has followed her parents’ path, has enabled King to establish a respected reputation, and considerable wealth. It has also brought her many awards and honors, such as the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Advocate Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
In her private life, King hasn’t been married, and apparently is still single. She is a devoted philanthropist, who has founded the organization called Be A King Scholarship in honor of Coretta Scott King, at Spelman College. She is also a co-founder of Active Ministers Engaged in Nurturing, an organization focused on counseling juvenile offenders.