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Texas A&M To Welcome King Family Member For MLK Breakfast

Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., will deliver the keynote address at the event on the A&M campus.
By Jamie Arrexi, Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs January 11, 2023

The MSC Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee (MSC WBAC) will welcome Dr. Bernice A. King for the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. The event will be held Jan. 26 at 9 a.m. in the Bethancourt Ballroom at Texas A&M University’s Memorial Student Center.

Dr. Bernice A. King
Dr. Bernice A. King

The King Center

Organizers say the event serves as a formal way to reflect on the life, legacy and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr.

“Our hope is to not only honor Dr. King, but to create opportunities and to make his legacy relevant for the campus and local community,” said JJ Torres, MLK and special event director for MSC WBAC. “We hope to utilize the passion and spirit associated with Dr. King, the civil rights movement and other leaders of the past to inspire and foster a spirit of action in the leaders of today and tomorrow. It’s with this in mind we are excited to announce Dr. Bernice A. King as this year’s keynote speaker.”

Bernice King is a minister, attorney and daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. She is a global thought leader, strategist, solutionist, orator, peace advocate and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center For Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), which was founded by her mother, Coretta Scott King, as the official living memorial to the life, work and legacy of her father.

Bernice King holds a doctorate of law from Emory University, a master of divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College. She received an honorary doctor of divinity from Wesley College and Clinton College. In 2013, she spearheaded “Let Freedom Ring,” an event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington and her father’s “I Have a Dream” speech. She is a licensed attorney and member of the State Bar of Georgia; a certified mediator with the State of Georgia; a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and the National Council of Negro Women; and a board member of the National Black Bank Foundation and Faith & Prejudice.

The program will begin with the singing of the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” led by Voices of Praise and Century Sounds, an ensemble of Century Singers. Dr. Annie S. McGowan, vice president and associate provost for diversity, will provide opening remarks.

This year’s conversation will be moderated by Dr. Troy Harden, director of the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI) in the Texas A&M College of Arts and Sciences. Harden has more than 25 years of experience working in higher education and community settings. His ongoing research interests are in racial equity, community violence and social trauma and interventions within community and organizational settings. He recently developed and led Northeastern Illinois University’s Master of Social Work Program. He has worked closely with Communities Partnering for Peace, an effort to develop violence interventions for African American and Latino street outreach workers addressing violence in Chicago. He is the lead researcher with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s crime reduction grant, partnering with the Englewood Public Safety Task Force.

The program will conclude with a Q&A session with King and Harden.

Tickets for the Annual MLK Breakfast can be purchased from the MSC Box Office.

The MSC Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee is a student organization whose purpose is to enhance the understanding of the culture, contributions and impact on society of people of African descent by providing educational and community-building programs and experiences for the Texas A&M University communities.

Media contact: Jamie Arrexi, 979-458-8709,

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