August 26th, 2013
12:57 PM ET

Moving out of the dreamer's shadow: A King daughter's long journey

By John Blake, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) - There is a secret about Bernice King that not everyone close to her wants you to know.

"She has a shoe fetish," says Angela Farris-Watkins, a cousin. "She has shoes to go with every outfit. She likes all kinds of shoes: sandals, heels, open-toed and different colors. She buys shoes like bread."

It's not surprising that the youngest child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would care so much about what she puts on her feet. She has been walking in the footsteps of one of history's greatest moral leaders all of her life.

With the nation poised to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the daughter of the dreamer seems to be stepping out of his shadow.

Read the full story here
- CNN Writer

Filed under: Black issues • Christianity • Church • Georgia • Politics • Race

soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    Is sarcasm an evil power? A truly evil power would be if I could convert people into vegetarian soccer players...

    August 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
  2. HotAirAce

    No sh!t Sherlock! How dare I type figuratively.

    August 30, 2013 at 12:38 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Ooops, but the OCD person I meant to reply to will understand the above.

      August 30, 2013 at 12:39 am |
  3. Apple Bush

    For you wikileaks fans, I have put up a counterpart website: http://www.wikipoops.com. There is a pile of info on there.

    August 28, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
  4. vikingwoman

    This must be the condensed version of the article, because all I'm seeing about a "journey" is a mention of lots of shoes Berniece "needs" to walk in her father's footsteps! It's great that she has a lot of shoes, but could she possibly donate some to those who dont have any? That might actually make it easier for her to step out of her father's shadow!!

    August 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      That's 9 Andy (and sam and Akira)

      August 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
      • Akira

        Lol, Apple.

        September 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  5. I want to change the subject to trombone poetry now.

    The great blaring trombone spittle slopping wonder of fancy!

    Swinging as a fishing line and sparkling in the low-day sun, it arches its back and saturates Clare the clarinet player’s long hair.

    The mighty horn must rest and sets upon a knee;

    ready to bend and broaden to pitch and beauty or deep foreboding.

    August 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
  6. Apple Bush

    Bunny Ears

    Ears are high, she is alert and ready

    Ears are high and pert, she is waiting? Listening.

    Ears are down, she is happy? Asleep? Is she mad?

    Maybe she is thinking about something important.

    August 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
  7. Apple Bush

    There is a difference between discovering something and having something brought or handed to you. Discuss.

    August 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • mzh

      There is also a difference between discovering and creating...

      Discovering – something is already there
      Creating – something out of nothing

      August 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
      • Tish

        Buzzzzz! That's not what the topic was. You've out of the lightning round.

        September 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
  8. Stanley

    I have a dream that someday there will be world peace.

    August 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Peace is bad for business.

      August 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      Visualize world peas.

      August 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
      • Bill Deacon

        Whirled. Surprised Dippy didn't catch this

        August 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • I want to change the subject to trombone poetry now.

      I visualized peas and I realized I hate peas.

      August 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
  9. Akira

    So he paid someone to assassinate him? Interesting theory.

    August 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  10. mzh

    wow... "She buys shoes like bread" – i am wondering why do we have homeless people in a rich country like USA... and there are a good percentage of Americans who can not afford to buy lunch for their kids in school and many more...

    August 28, 2013 at 11:57 am |
    • desmond

      No matter how you spin it mzh, it is still better than living in pretty much every place in the ME, and far more equitable overall, with more opportunities for the poor to advance.

      Quit your whining, stop being lazy, and get to work on improving your situation if you don't like it. Or just leave.

      August 28, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
      • Boris

        What desmond said. x10.

        August 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          What boris said x zero.

          August 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • Heal the world!

      @mzh, Very good observation. If everyone thought like you this world would be a better place.

      There is a story on the CNN homepage about a little child which suffers from a condition that has left it with a medical condition. It's very gut-wrenching to read the story.
      Can you please help this little child by contributing whatever you can. It's the story of Roona Begum.

      August 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
      • mzh

        Thanks Heal for mentioning the story... we should all contribute as much as we can...

        I also think there are few lessons to be learned from this Mother and the child with this condition:

        – Docs said that this child will live few months after she was born but she is now 18 months old. The lesson is: no one knows the life time of anyone
        – The mothers who are delivering a healthy child should be appreciative to The One who took care of the baby when the baby was inside of the mother's womb and mother has no access to the baby
        – This is a sign for mankind that what The Creator can do and its not in any human's hand... all a human can do is to treat as best as they have the capability
        – and many more

        We pray for this child and the family... fyi they already raised $60k to help this family... may He reward them all with the best ones...

        August 28, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I am in favor of shoes, but let's not have the kids' make them or eat them.

      August 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
      • Jimmy choo

        How many pairs of shoes should a human being own?

        August 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Excellent question.

          August 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
        • B&W

          One black, one brown; or

          one sports, one formal, one informal; or

          depending on your gender one purple, one shocking pink.

          August 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Fuckin-A B&W, you cleared that shit right up. Thanks yo!

          August 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Reality

      mzh and all the other conned religious types out there:

      In order to pay down our $16 trillion debt, we need to redirect money used to support religions especially the christian and islamic cons and put it towards paying off our obligations..

      To wit:

      Redirecting our funds and saving a lot of "souls":

      Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:
      There never were and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of horror and terror LIKE 9/11.

      – One trillion dollars over the next several years as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will end.

      – Eighteen billion dollars/yr. to Pakistan will stop.

      – Four billion dollars/yr. to Egypt will end.

      Saving 2 billion lost Christians including the Mormons:

      There were never any bodily resurrections and there will never be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity!!!

      – The Mormon ti-the empire will now become taxable as will all Christian "religions" and evangelical non-profits since there is no longer any claim to being a tax-exempt religion.

      – the faith-based federal projects supported by both Bush and Obama will be eliminated saving $385 million/yr and another $2 billion/yr. in grants.

      Giving to religious groups mostly Christian in 2010, totaled $95.8 billion,

      – Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
      Abraham and Moses never existed.

      – Four billion dollars/yr to Israel saved.

      – All Jewish sects and non-profits will no longer be tax exempt.

      Now all we need to do is convince these 3.5+ billion global and local citizens that they have been conned all these centuries Time for a YouTube,Twitter and FaceBook campaign!!!!

      BOTTOM LINE: SAID SAVINGS WOULD PAY FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE and shoes for all those in need!!!!

      August 28, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
      • Tish

        I bet if everyone here chipped in $1 just to keep you from posting your tripe anymore, the debt would be paid off in no time.

        August 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm |

  11. She could be an honorary white person if there were any honor in being a white person.

    August 27, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      There are no white people – that's offensive. You probably mean colorless people.

      August 27, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        There are no colorless people – that's offensive. You probably mean Crackers.

        August 28, 2013 at 12:01 am |
        • Ungodly Discipline

          There are no Crackers – that's offensive. You probably mean the man at the soldier fort.

          August 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
        • White on my Rice

          You turned Injun dinja? Dinja?

          August 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
  12. Peter

    Meanwhile, millions of white folks will spend hours tanning themselves darker. Milky-white skin is largely seen as looking unhealthy and untrendy. Ironic, eh?

    August 27, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
    • Ceres

      Well, who likes that pasty, fish-belly white look?

      August 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
  13. Peter

    Bernice King is just another anti-gay bigot. That apple not only fell pretty far from the tree, it must have rolled onto a long-haul semi headed to Alaska as well.

    August 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
  14. Apple Bush

    The medical teams at the site are still baffled by the change and continue to investigate.

    August 27, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
  15. Meet Your Maker


    My focus is to reach bigger and bigger audience,
    with time to share my music, feelings and passion for it with bigger crowd or the world someday if possible.
    Your support means so much to me and gets me a step closer to fulfilling my lifetime dream.
    My aim too is that we have a good quality time together and make the best of it.
    We, to Let the soul come out and universe feel it!

    August 27, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
  16. Tea Party Patriot

    Whenever I post here, I try to say something so preposterously ridiculous, that it gets comments from people. When people comment on what I say, it makes me feel important.

    August 27, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
    • Awww

      such a cute baby troll

      August 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
    • Tea Party Patriot

      Not the real Tea Party Patriot who posted at 7:31 pm.

      August 28, 2013 at 9:11 am |
      • CommonSensed

        But not a real Tea Party Patriot. That's cruel.

        August 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
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