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The King Center honors Yolanda King’s 60th birthday

Dr. Bernice King  (photo credit Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)

Dr. Bernice King (photo credit Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)

The King Center held an entertainment tribute in honor of the late Yolanda D. King’s 60th birthday on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Freedom Hall in Atlanta. The celebratory evening was emceed by actors Ted Lange and Donna Biscoe, and included performances by some of Yolanda’s favorite entertainers, including Theresa Hightower, Jonathan Slocumb, Milkshake Mayfield and Ballethnic.

King’s siblings, Dr. Bernice A. King, Martin Luther King, III and Dexter S. King, delivered inspirational words along with home movies and photos. Additionally, one of Yolanda’s closest friends, Juandalyn Abernathy, daughter of Civil Rights leader Ralph David Abernathy, performed. Her niece and namesake, Yolanda R. King (daughter of Martin III), also delivered a special birthday tribute.

The tribute concluded with a special announcement by Dr. Bernice A. King that Freedom Hall Auditorium has been renamed the Yolanda D. King Theatre for the Performing Arts in memoriam to her sister.

Immediately following the tribute, guests enjoyed a reception featuring some of Yolanda’s favorite foods. The event was open to the public and a number of people from the community attended, as well as family and close friends.

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Dexter, Milkshake, Martin III (photo credit Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)

Dexter, Milkshake, Martin III (photo credit Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)

Dr. Bernice King (photo credit Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)

Dr. Bernice King (photo credit Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)

Jonathan Slocum made the audience laugh at Yolanda King tribute) (photo credit Ray Cornelius)

Jonathan Slocum made the audience laugh at Yolanda King tribute) (photo credit Ray Cornelius)

Martin III at the podium recalling moments with his sister (photo credit Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)

Martin III at the podium recalling moments with his sister (photo credit Ray Cornelius)

Milkshake - YDK -honoring Yolanda King at birthday tribute (photo credit Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)

Milkshake – YDK -honoring Yolanda King at birthday tribute (photo credit Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)

Actor Ted Lange speaks at Yolanda King tribute (Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)

Actor Ted Lange speaks at Yolanda King tribute (Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)

Theresa Hightower speaks at Yolanda King tribute (Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)

Theresa Hightower speaks at Yolanda King tribute (Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)

ballethnic performs at Yolanda King tribute

Ballethnic performs at Yolanda King tribute (photo credit Ray Cornelius for Steed Media)