Dexter Scott King (vegan): son of Martin Luther King Jr.

Every month should be African American history month – just as it is European American history month. However, non-European-American communities are still negatively “othered” daily in this country. So to contribute to the positive narrative – this February for African American history month, we would like to highlight the vegan son of a great leader of this land:

Dexter Scott King is the son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968) and Coretta Scott King (1927 – 2006).  His father was assassinated when he was 7 years old.  His mother, three siblings and himself, remained to carry out Dr. King’s legacy.

When Dexter Scott King was around 25 years old in 1987, he became vegan after visiting a vegan health spa.  The spa was created in the Bahamas by the social rights activist/vegan activist Dick Gregory.

Inspired by her son’s example, his mother – Coretta Scott King – became and remained vegan for the rest of her life.  She was vegan for 12 years.

Dexter Scott King, the former president of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, is now 60 years old and still contributes to the legacy of peace and justice that his father lead.

The following is an excerpt from a Vegetarian Times article on their interview with Dexter Scott King in year 1995 (written by Jill Howard Church):

“What I hope to do is use technology and all the latest tools to reach people with positive information and messages that help them understand my father’s legacy and how it applies day to day,” he says.

King wants to address what his father called “The Triple Evils”: poverty, racism and violence.  […]

“There is a connection between how you live life and how you treat others,” he says.  “It starts with the individual.”

Read the full article here: