Hundreds gathered in Atlanta to pay their last respects to Yolanda King, the eldest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The memorial service was held at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where her father and grandfather preached.
Yolanda King continued the family legacy of activism and change as an actress, producer, motivational speaker and activist. She and her mother, the late Coretta Scott King, were strongly committed to civil rights for gays and lesbians ...
Unlike Yolanda's sister, the Reverend Bernice King, who is a well-known fundamentalist minister and anti-gay activist. To her left is the anti-gay Bishop Eddie L. Long. Their mega-church, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, is one of the largest churches in the Atlanta area. At the rear is Dexter Scott King, Bernice and Yolanda's brother. Another brother, Martin Luther King III, was also present.
Among the many high profile mourners were former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young; Rep. John Lewis, (D-Atlanta); the Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights activist and talk show host; and Juanita Abernathy, widow of the Rev. Ralph Abernathy.
Cicely Tyson, the Academy Award-nominated actress, offered a dramatic reading of a poem urging Yolanda King's family and friends not to grieve. "Do not stand by my grave and weep. For I am not there. I do not sleep. I am the diamonds glinting on snow."
Yolanda King died May 15 in Los Angeles after collapsing. She was only 51 years old.