MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S ONLY GRANDDAUGHTER, YOLANDA RENEE KING, CELEBRATES HIS 88TH BIRTHDAY WITH A PASSIONATE CALL TO ACTION (VIDEO)

Written by: Samantha Ramirez-Herrera

"Spread the word.  Have you heard? All across the nation.  We are going to be a great generation."

On Friday, January 13, 2017, 8-year-old Yolanda Renee King stood front and center before a crowd of schoolchildren in the sanctuary at The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the very place where her grandfather, Martin Luther King Jr., once delivered messages of justice, love, unity and freedom.  She embodied the spirit of her grandfather, Martin Luther King Jr., as she urged them, in the call-and-response style of her Baptist preacher grandfather, to repeat after her the following pledge, "Spread the word. Have you heard? All across the nation.  We are going to be a great generation!"  

Yolanda Renee King at The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Photos by: Jeremy Dion Jenkins

Yolanda Renee King at The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church

Photos by: Jeremy Dion Jenkins

Her youthful, passionate spirit and voice filled The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church with hope, unity and love, the very things Dr. King inspired during the Civil Rights Movement.  

Yolanda Renee was joined by her mother, Arndrea King, and father, Martin Luther King III, who read his children's book, "My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," to the youngsters in the audience.  Friday's event was held in observation of The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend and celebration of MLK's 88th Birthday (January 15).  

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.  

Martin Luther King III, his wife Arndrea KIng, and Yolanda Renee King preparing to cut MLK's 88th birthday cake  

Martin Luther King III, his wife Arndrea KIng, and Yolanda Renee King preparing to cut MLK's 88th birthday cake