Bernice King discusses continuing her father’s legacy with U.S. Bank and Elavon

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Bernice King discusses continuing her father’s legacy with U.S. Bank and Elavon
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The Rev. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, spoke at a special event organized and moderated by Terra Wallace, vice president of education and engagement at Elavon, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, on Jan. 13, 2020, in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank.)

Bernice King discusses continuing her father’s legacy with U.S. Bank and Elavon
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The Rev. Bernice King spoke during a fireside chat with Terra Wallace, vice president of education and engagement at Elavon, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, on Jan. 13, 2020, in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank)

Bernice King discusses continuing her father’s legacy with U.S. Bank and Elavon
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TThe Rev. Bernice King spoke during a fireside chat with Terra Wallace, vice president of education and engagement at Elavon, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, on Jan. 13, 2020, in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank)

Bernice King discusses continuing her father’s legacy with U.S. Bank and Elavon
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The Rev. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, and Terra Wallace, vice president of education and engagement at Elavon, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank)

Bernice King discusses continuing her father’s legacy with U.S. Bank and Elavon
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The Rev. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center (center), at a special event hosted by U.S. Bank and its subsidiary Elavon on Jan. 13, 2020, in Atlanta. Here she is pictured with members of the the newest Atlanta chapter of the company's African American business resource group, which is led by (from left to right) Sam Thurman, Jamelle Taggert, chapter president Terra Wallace, Tamisha Cosby, Tomika Hargett, Montressa De La Cruz-Wesson and Kimaada Blair. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank.)

Bernice King discusses continuing her father’s legacy with U.S. Bank and Elavon
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U.S. Bank and its subsidiary Elavon hosted a special event on Jan. 13, 2020, in Atlanta to help launch the newest chapter of the African American business resource group at the company. Pictured here from left to right is Jamie Walker CEO of Evalon; the Rev. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center; Munson Steed, CEO of Steed Media Group and publisher of rolling out; Terra Wallace, Elavon vice president of education and engagement. Wallace, who is also the new chapter's president, organized and moderated the event. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank)

To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, U.S. Bank, and its subsidiary Elavon launched a new African American business resource group chapter and presented a special program to honor the civil rights leader’s legacy.

The program featured a fireside conversation between chapter president and Elavon vice president of education and engagement Terra Wallace and the youngest daughter of the civil rights leader and Coretta Scott King, the Rev. Bernice King. The special event was hosted by U.S. Bank and Elavon in Atlanta on Jan. 13, 2020, during the week leading up to the Jan. 20 federal holiday.

Their conversation covered an array of topics, ranging from King discussing how she is following in her parents’ footsteps and her fondest memories of her beloved father.

King was candid about her life experiences, revealing that she had a difficult childhood coping with the loss of her father, her uncle A. D. King and her grandmother Alberta Williams King at a very young age.

She also spoke about coming to understand her role as a minister of the gospel and the CEO of The King Center.

“My father was a prophet and the words of a prophet are very important. The things that they seek still have to come to pass,” she said. “My mother used to say that struggle is a never-ending process and that freedom is earned and won with every generation.”

When asked about the future of the United States and the world, she spoke with optimism and hope.

“This next generation is different,” King explained. “Those under 20 today, they care about wars, they care about causes and things are going to change because they are absolutely different than us.”

Before she closed, King challenged every person in the audience to think about their own legacy each day.

“Look in the mirror every morning,” she added. “You are the solution to some problem. You are the answer to some question. But you have to decide to get engaged purposefully and intentionally.”

Check out photos from the event in the gallery above.

Cassidy Sparks
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