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13-Year Old Granddaughter of MLK, Yolanda Renee King, Speaks Out

Yolanda Renee King, 13, is already an activist and speaker, following in the footsteps of her late grandfather, Martin Luther King Jr. She made headlines lately when she spoke on the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which has been observed every third Monday in January since 1986.

13-Year Old Granddaughter Of MLK

“Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not a holiday. It should be regarded as if it were the first day of the week. It’s a day of giving back. Instead of idolizing my grandfather, I believe it is more beneficial to choose a service project that benefits the community. In an interview with NBC News, she noted, “It may be as simple as picking up trash around your neighborhood park.”

She also spoke about civil rights, critical race theory, her grandfather’s aspiration, and how she has always wanted to contribute throughout her speech.

There have even been moments when my parents have informed me about things that I don’t recall… Every day, for example, we would drive to school and see homeless individuals, “she explained. “I was already talking about them when I was three or four years old, asking, ‘What are we going to do to help?'”

She also added that knowing she comes from a powerful family inspired her to utilize her voice more to speak out on important causes.

All of my parents have informed me that “your family has done a truly incredible job.” “I didn’t really realize the significance of it until I grew older,” she said, “because you are the granddaughter of really wonderful people who transformed this country and the globe.”