The GA Voice reports that Bernice King — daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — surprised attendees at an Atlanta rally honoring her slain father by calling for straight people and LGBT people to come together to fulfill her father’s legacy.
The Voice reports that during King’s sermon calling for unity, she said she didn’t care if people “were black or white,” she asked for “Hindu, Buddhist, Islamist” people to come together, people from the “North side or the South side,” and most surprisingly “heterosexual or homosexual, or gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender.”
“We need all of us,” Rev. Maressa Pendermon, a minister with LGBT-inclusive Unity Fellowship Church, quoted King as saying.
The comments were a departure for the famous daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who in 2004 rallied with now disgraced Bishop Eddie Long of Atlanta leading thousands to protest same-sex marriage. She has also been quoted as saying her father “did not take a bullet for same-sex marriage.”
“It reminded me that people can and do shift attitudes. They do evolve,” said Craig Washington, a founder of the Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde breakfast in Atlanta. “What Bernice’s turnabout …spoke to is potential to change. We still have to remember they too are human.”
According to the Voice, King was named CEO of the King Center after leaving Bishop Eddie Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist church following the highly publicized sex scandal.