Bernice A. King Trying to Stop the Sale of Her Father’s Prized Possessions

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. Elder Dr. Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, is trying her best to keep her brothers, Dexter King and Martin Luther King III, from selling their father’s Nobel Peace Prize medal and his personal Bible to a private buyer. Both of these items were his prized possessions.
 Wouldn’t they be for you?
 It’s not his floss or hair brush, it’s his Bible (road map, tool, accountability source) and his Nobel Peace Prize medal (for sacrificing everything in hopes of a better, more dignified life for all people worldwide).
 If you don’t already know the background details about Dexter and Martin suing Bernice, their aunt, Christine King Farris, other family members, loyal friends of their parents, and the King Center (where all three children serve on the board) then read more about the lawsuit and this most recent travesty here
 Then share your thoughts.
 I wonder what their parents wish they could get them to do and say to stop this madness. I wonder how their parents feel about the legacy they left behind. I wonder what it will take to right these wrongs, set things where they need to be, and build the King legacy where it should be.
 Martin Luther King III, is the only child to have offspring, his daughter Yolanda (named after their late sister by the same name). The King legacy will be left to Yolanda and in some ways (if they are willing) her cousins (from great aunt Christine’s side of the family—on the Farris side).
 But unless Martin III, Bernice or Dexter have more children (by blood), and more specifically, boys, the King name will end with Yolanda, when everyone else is long gone. Think about that.
 I just wonder how what happens today, this year, will impact their parents legacy 10, 15, 20-plus years from now. What will the King name be worth in 50 years?
 The King legacy impacts generations yet unborn, worldwide, or so it’s supposed to…
 I just wonder.
 What about you? What do you think?
 Copyright 2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. The Paradigm Life. Some Rights Reserved.

>4th of July with John Hope Bryant and Operation HOPE

>I enjoyed every second at the 4th of July Celebration at Bryant Park, hosted by my dear friend John Hope Bryant and Operation HOPE. John posted pictures from the event on his blog Monday. Yes, I am in some of the pictures; I’ve been told over the years that I seem to avoid the camera at events- but you will see that I was there and having a blast…besides, Guy Green the awesome photographer (and friend of John Bryant) skillfully captured me when I didn’t even know he was around.

It was a great turnout with over 100 guests, 35 of those invited were incoming freshmen from  Morehouse College, who this year will be distinguished, “Morehouse Men”. You will also notice some familiar faces such as the incredible Ambassador Andrew Young and his amazing wife, Carolyn Young, and some of their family members and close friends; Martin Luther King III and his awesome wife Arndrea Young, along with their beautiful daughter, Yolanda; Elder Bernice King, Ms. Christine King Farris (the sister of the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), Chris Tucker, and many more.

John Bryant called on the highly talented Leon Timbo, Chantae Cann, and bandmates to bless us with their soul-stirring voices and music throughout the day. Something else that stirred our soul was the food that was served. It was amazing. We had ribs, teriyaki chicken burgers, macaroni and cheese, pasta salad, and more tasty morsels. Everyone wanted to know how the caterer, David DeCuir made his tasty mango iced tea… I can still taste it! 

In the pictures be sure to check out John Bryant’s mother, she is beyond incredible. This woman is amazing, beautiful, intelligent, gifted, poised, humble, graceful, has a great sense of humor, and a smile and laugh that makes you feel good all over. There’s a reason why women like her look and act 20 years younger- they live and breathe the essence of life and good living. They are too blessed to be stressed. Spend time with Ms. Juanita Smith and you will see where her son got some of his wisdom, spark, pizzazz and good looks.

I was glad that my sister Alexandra, my cousin Princess, and my friend Ericka came to the BBQ. Ericka even brought her nephew Marcus and my two youngest Godson’s (who had plenty of fun playing and receiving compliments on how adorable they are).

Great music, great food, great people…what a great day it was! Check it out for yourself at


Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved. 


John Hope Bryant


>Operation HOPE Opens the Doors to Atlanta Regional Office

>Last night I had the honor of attending the ribbon cutting and open house reception for Operation HOPE at their Atlanta regional office located inside the 191 Peachtree Tower building. 

Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant welcomed everyone and shared information about Operation HOPE, the services they provide, their goals for the city of Atlanta and other communities around the world. Financial literacy, hope, dignity, self-empowerment and self-sufficiency through a hand up not a hand out are the tools that Operation HOPE teaches and instills in children and adults. 

Joining Mr. Bryant were Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall (and HOPE Board Member); Candace Byrd, the Chief of Staff for the City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor; Lance Triggs, Operation HOPE’s Executive VP, Chief of HOPE Financial Literacy Empowerment Centers; Ambassador Andrew Young, who along with the numerous hats he wears, also serves as HOPE Global Spokesman; and Martin Luther King III, President and CEO of The King Center.  

This evening also served as the official launch of the Mortgage HOPE Crisis Hotline and the HOPE Consumer Credit Crisis Hotline. The former provides free foreclosure prevention counseling and loan modification assistance. Initially launched in Los Angeles in 1997, it is now operating nationwide. The latter was launched this year, providing free services to individuals who have questions and need answers about resolving their credit issues.

If you or anyone you know is in need of either mortgage or consumer credit assistance, please don’t wait another minute…call the hotline at 888.388.HOPE (4673)

More Information on Operation HOPE:

Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) founded in 1992, is the first non-profit social investment banking organization in the United States. They provide numerous services including financial literacy, credit counseling and management, computer training, and capital access. HOPE also provides something money can’t buy- dignity and inspiration to those in greatest need…our economically disadvantaged.

HOPE operates in 70 communities and 7 provinces in South Africa. They have served more than 1.2 million people, raised over $900 million to educate, assist, and inspire the future generations in financial literacy, economic empowerment, and “silver rights”.

Visit their site today and see how you can help “the next generation of global stakeholders in financial literacy…”

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman.