home
RSS
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. Cpt. Obvious

    So, the bullet and massive blood loss had nothing to do with it?

    August 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
  2. EnjaySea

    Actually the machine we need is one that would turn ignorant, racist, slugs into reasoned, intelligent, thoughtful people.

    August 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Like some kind of binding moral code that tells us what is right and wrong and maybe has some incentives for choosing what's best?

      August 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
      • Glynn

        The Golden Rule is the best moral code foundation. Older and with a much sounder footing than the Christian training manual for slave owners.

        August 27, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
      • EnjaySea

        Great idea Bill. It will enforce the moral code that is already built into the human species, and will come with the incentive that living a good life on earth enhances the lives of oneself, one's family, and one's community at large.

        Thanks for the suggestion.

        August 27, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
      • Ken

        It's the code that's the problem. What people need is a process to determine what's right, or wrong for themselves, not ancient moral pronouncements.

        August 27, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
  3. Tea Party Patriot

    Whenever I'm south of the Mason-Dixon line I put on my white sheet, hop into my dually and head for the nearest Chick-fil-A.

    August 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • Really for Real Scotsman

      Well, you are a liar because WV would kick your @ss back out.

      August 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
  4. CommonSensed

    Another failed article placement by the CNN Belief team.

    August 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      So, the fact that you read it, and commented on it, and brought up all the ads on the page when you did that, that points to some kind of failure on CNN's part?

      August 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
  5. Richard Cranium

    Already did...it's called evolution.

    August 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • Really for Real Scotsman

      It's called mating with neanderthals

      August 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
      • Jericho

        Death to racist bigots.

        August 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
      • Really for Real Scotsman

        What's wrong with neanderthals? Most European descent ppl have neanderthal DNA in them.

        August 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  6. Doc Vestibule

    I believe the medical procedure is known as a "blackendectomy".

    August 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • Alias

      Michael Jackson's doctors perfected that procedure.
      I say we let them out of jail and require them to offer free procedures as community service.

      On the other hand – wouldn't it work just as well to turn people darker?

      August 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  7. Alias

    If she wants to atep out of her fater's ahadow, maybe she should stop tsalking about him, and quoting him, and celebrating everything he did. Maybe she needs to speak for herself and start her own legacy instead of constantly riding her father's coat tail?

    August 27, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
    • What!

      That is a question?

      August 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • Peter

      She stepped about as far away from her father's shadow as she could when she declared her h0m0ph0bia.

      Dr. King did not discriminate.

      August 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
  8. Dave

    MLK's dream had nothing to do with making money off race baiting

    August 27, 2013 at 7:43 am |
  9. Lee

    "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."
    Is this for real? And it's segued into following in Dr. King's "footsteps"? Is this a joke? Doesn't the abhorrent materialism of Dr. King's daughter skew Dr. King's message of equality?
    How can she make money off his name when there are so many starving black children in the USA, who don't even own shoes?!

    August 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
    • Brother Maynard

      Totally agree. Hypocrisy / irony at its finest
      What's that saying:
      " I complained that I had no shoes until I saw a man with no feet " ?

      August 27, 2013 at 10:14 am |
  10. Apple Bush

    True story: My apples in the backyard are delicious this year.

    August 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
  11. Reality

    As with her follow, Bernice walks in the shadow of a severely flawed religion both theologically and historically. Added details available upon written request.

    August 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • Reality

      Must have been an AARPie moment: Make that "As with her father, "

      August 26, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
  12. Alias

    I'm waiting for some of MLK's less popular messages to start showing up.

    August 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGQ-ISsDm8M

      August 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • AE

      “When I took up the cross I recognized it's meaning. The cross is something that you bear, and ultimately, that you die on.”

      Martin Luther King, JR

      August 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
      • Dippy

        Its, not it's.

        August 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
  13. Apple Bush

    And this is the kitchen and the dining room, and up here is the bedroom. Don’t you love the high ceilings? I am going to put my hat boxes over here. Aren’t these cool? Oh! Let me introduce you to Fail. Fail this is Smelly, and Nasty and, I’m sorry what was your name again?

    August 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • Flavor

      "What was your name again..."

      Citrus magic

      August 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • Fascinating Contributor That Would Blog if This Blog Weren't so Stupid

      You seem to have been reading a different article sir. Good day.

      August 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  14. Apple Bush

    sweet smelling flowers roam the sidewalks
    while big bellied dandelions platoon;

    the spring rains are falling a funny tune at the expense
    of a funny man;

    Stepping on and off the curb, looking a bit absurd;
    Eyes up and shoes flexed for the sprint

    August 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      love your work!

      August 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Thanks dog! That one is a work in progress. I want to put the poor absurd man throught all four seasons.

        August 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
  15. Andy

    What exactly is her 'long journey' in terms of spirituality? Yes, the article is long but where is the reference as to her faith?

    August 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Andy, the reference is in a post from blogger "Andy" who says, "...Yes, the article is long but where is the reference as to her faith?" It is tricky but that is where you will find it.

      August 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
      • Andy

        Sorry Apple, but her 'journey' into whatever is not clear. Can you summarize her 'long journey' into one or two sentences?

        August 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
        • Andy

          Apple–You mean 'journey' is mentioned six times now?

          August 26, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          7 now!

          August 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I can prove her journey has been mentioned about three times now. It is tricky to find those references because they are not in the article.

      August 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Sorry I meant four. Not sure what her journey was but it has been mentioned five times.

      August 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        God has never seen true love. He knows only cruelty for his creations. What does God know of love in the slaying of children? God delights in fear and death.

        August 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
        • Joel

          God is a good God, although the road is rough at times, losing hope does not help. Keep on keeping on! Don't let difficulties come in way of faith!

          August 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Joel, nice job confirming you believe your god is a baby killer and that's that he is a good god. lol

          August 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
        • Jakes

          As Joel would say, "Let go of your disappointments. Let go of your failures and step into the future that God has for you."

          August 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Joel is a typical Christian "drive-by" poster.

          August 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Well now it's 7 Andy.

      August 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      7 now.

      August 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
      • Andy

        Apple, you mean 'journey' is mentioned 8 times?

        August 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Goddammit Andy.

          August 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
        • Akira

          LOL

          August 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
        • sam

          Now my Monday is much improved.

          August 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
  16. Honey Badger Don't Care

    "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."

    Wow, non-sequitur anyone?

    August 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  17. Dyslexic doG

    Bernice your father was an amazing man. I offer you my thanks for all he did for this country.

    He would, however, have been just as great without his misguided belief in the bronze age voodoo of the magic man in the sky. MLK had all of this good in him. To say any of it was a product of an imaginary deity is to detract from MLK and all that he naturally was.

    August 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
    • AE

      I can only imagine he would say you are dead wrong, doG.

      I can't find anything that demonstrates he held a "misguided belief in the bronze age voodoo of the magic man in the sky." I can post some writings and quotes that demonstrate what he really did believe, if you are interested in truth.

      August 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        please do. 🙂

        August 26, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
        • AE

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo-6BNtq5RY

          August 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
        • AE

          17:30 to 22:00

          Evidence of God.

          August 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
      • Honey Badger Don't Care

        Whatever he did believe he was just as delusional as you. He believed in a supreme being for which there is no evidence.

        August 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
        • AE

          What kind of evidence are you looking for?

          August 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
        • Responding to the Pride

          AE–don't bother. Honey Badger won't give you useful guidance–remember, HB doesn't care.

          August 26, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
        • AE

          @Responding to the Pride

          Why do you think HB comes to a blog dedicated to faith and belief? Is he looking for God or just trying to prove he is right?

          August 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
        • ME II

          Something objective and positive would be a start.

          August 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          I assume Honey Badger comes here for the same reason we all do; sh!ts and giggles.

          August 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
        • AE

          He claims religious people, like Martin Luther King, JR and me are delusional. So, it sounds like he comes here to taunt mentally ill people, right?

          August 26, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          We all have our delusions. God is the delusion of theists. My personal delusion is that the Falcons will win a Super-Bowl (it could happen).

          August 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
        • AE

          That doesn't sound like a delusion, unless you are doing something unwise, like placing your life saving's on the Falcons to win the Super Bowl this year.

          And saying that about the Falcons, who were just 1 game away from the Super Bowl last year isn't that delusional. It is not like you are saying the NY Jets will win the Super Bowl.

          August 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          Actually, that's all true. They've got their best chance since XX.XIII.

          August 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          I can't have three Xs put together? This 'naughty' word filter is becoming increasingly tedious.

          August 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
        • Dippy

          It's "savings", not "saving's".

          August 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
    • Alias

      Nothing could have brought him as much support and instant credibility from so many as a religion.

      August 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  18. ME II

    Not entirely certain why this article is on Belief Blog, however, being the child of a celebrity is not easy, I'd imagine. They did not get to choose their own celebrity, just how to handle it, both the good and the bad.

    August 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
  19. palintwit

    Tea Party Patriots = guns good, darkies bad.

    August 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
  20. AE

    "Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
    – Martin Luther King, Jr.

    August 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
    • AE

      "Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.
      You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato
      and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to
      know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a
      soul generated by love."

      August 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • Lionly Lamb

      So AE...

      Your stating that everyone should "serve" kind of makes us servers out to be slaves of sorts... Who better to serve than a slave serving one's master... There be only one master and we aren't even closely aware of mastering the knowledge of serving the one and only master who established all the big bang universes within this celestial heaven and created from such all the atomized cellular life abundances ever to be known... God be the One Master of which all life will ever serve...

      August 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      You dont NEED any of those things. What a bunch of B S.

      August 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
      • AE

        Do you have a soul?

        August 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
1 2
Advertisement
About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.