Daughter of Dr. King quits Atlanta megachurch in wake of pastor’s sex scandal

Associated Press/June 1, 2011

Atlanta - The youngest daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is leaving an Atlanta megachurch where the pastor has been embroiled in scandal, months after she turned down a leadership role with the organization her father cofounded.

Bernice King told a radio interviewer yesterday that her last Sunday as a member of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church was Sunday. She made the comment on Praise 102.5, a gospel station in Atlanta.

In January, King announced she would not lead the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which her father headed during the height of the civil rights movement.

Just days ago, New Birth founder Bishop Eddie Long reached a settlement in the sexual misconduct lawsuits he has fought since September.

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