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Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is outraged over the misuse of her late father’s image on a controversial flyer that has gone viral.

In one of the flyers, Dr. King appears to be wearing a gold chain, a gold watch, and is propped next to a girl with the words “Freedom to Twerk” written across the advertisement.


King told Detroit’s FOX 6 she is disappointed over the image, “This imagery thing is just appalling, and it’s almost embarrassing.”

Adding, “For me, as his daughter, it’s like ‘wow’, I lost a father who sacrificed everything for them to live a much more dignified and respectful life, and for it to come to this makes me sad.”

After the flyer received tons of backlash, the club hosting the event cancelled the event.

11 thoughts on “Dr. Bernice King ‘Appalled’ by ‘MLK Twerking Party’ Flyers

  1. Chant'e on said:

    Wildflower, you sound dumb maybe you just don’t know your history to well and what all this man has done for are freedom. Yet for you to sit up and say it’s not that serious. I honestly take it as you like ghetto ignorant stuff, think before you speak and say stupid stuff. This generation is shameful I’m in my 20’s and I can witness BS! And what they did with those flyers making Martin Luther King look the way he did plus bad is wrong. And half of us black sit back and wonder why some of these white folks see us as ghetto negro’s cause the way some of you guys present yourself which is down right animals.

    • Jiggy5 on said:

      I suspect that Wildflower is one of those neck snappin’, finger waving in yo face ghetto Nicca’s you speak of. Sad
      Holla’ at the Scholar

  2. I know how much you youg people like your twerk, thats fine. Please don’t associate Dr. King with an event like this. His sacrifice was way deeper than tweaking. This is disrespectful and a sign of ignorance. Use a picture of YOUR daddy instead.

  3. Wildflower on said:

    It’s not that serious and I’m sure the Dr. would find the humor in it. He was bigger than that. It’s the few of us that will take every opportunity to be negative towards one another. Pick and choose your battles. This is not one. Not even news worthy.

    • Ivan Cohen on said:

      The thing wrong with “pick and choose your battles” is that you do not get the guarantee of a victory. This is due to lack of practice, as the elders would say “practice makes perfect.” Victories do not drop down from the sky. Dr. King would find no humor in being crass. Sagging pants and a big chain around the neck are hardly status symbols except to those who delight in that kind of thing.

  4. Maybe,

    but does she realize that her complacency and that of her mother and siblings facilitated the co-option of her father’s message and the Now Ignorance and degeneracy among the Youth who know nothing about him beyond a cliche’ slogan of I Have a Dream?

    Go beyond 1964 and the Nobel Peace Prize, By 1965 Our brother was Public Enemy No.1

  5. What’s wrong with young black people? I think the reason they have such little respect about Dr.King and the Civil Rights struggle is because most black homes do not teach about the Civil Rights struggle and therefore you have this young generation that have absolutely no clue about the past1 These people should be ashamed of this behavior but in today’s society there is no shame about anything!!! This young generation is truly without SOULS!!!!! How could anyone think of a way of disrespecting a man such as Dr.Martin Luther King and all he stood for?????? I am convinced this young generation are all about destroying themselves and that is such a shame!!!!!

  6. the Timekeeper on said:

    I agree, the twerking is probably not the best way to honor the King Holiday. Perhaps, if the King children acted more like Kings, instead of tearing each other down with stupid and frivolous lawsuits agains each other; then maybe they would get more respect from this younger generation.

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