MLK’S Nephew Endorses Congressman Cao

October 17, 2010

Will Campaign With Him OCT. 15-18

Renowned preacher and civil rights leader Rev. Derek Barber King Sr. will join Congressman Joseph Cao in educating voters about the upcoming Nov. 2 election in Congressional District 2 in a visit to Jefferson and Orleans Parishes Oct. 15-18. A schedule of events will be provided in the near future.

Rev. King is endorsing Cao in his bid for re-election.

Derek King Sr., the nephew of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is the son of the Rev. A. D. King Sr. and Naomi Barber King. Derek King’s father is the only brother of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A son of the south, Derek King attended public schools in Birmingham, Ala., Louisville, Ky., and Atlanta. In 1976, he entered Morehouse College in Atlanta. While in college, at the age of 20, Derek responded to the call of God to preach the Gospel. In 1979, he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Religious Studies and Political Theory from Morehouse College and continued his academic pursuits earning a Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary in Rochester, N.Y. He has Doctorates of Divinity conferred by Virginia College, Virginia Seminary in Lynchburg, Va., and Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky.

As a preacher, Dr. King has served as a pastor at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, in Rome, Ga., organized the New Life Baptist Church of Christ in Rome and pastored the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, Fla. Presently he is in demand as a preacher and evangelist across the nation.

As an instructor, Dr. King, is a full time professor of religious studies at Martin University in Indianapolis.

As a motivator, Dr. King is a certified conflict reconciliation trainer specializing in the discipline and of “Kingian” nonviolence.

As an activist, Dr. King is committed to the continual struggle to eliminate discrimination, racism, oppression and violence.

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