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YOLANDA KING Lecturer - Actress - Producer Born in Montgomery, Alabama, the first born child of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, Yolanda King ahs been in the midst of the quest for human rights and peace all of her life. She has performed or lectured in 49 of the 50 American states as well as in Europe, Africa and Asia for educational, business, religious and civic organizations. After graduating with a B.A. degree with honors in Theatre and African American Studies from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, Ms. King moved on to New York. While obtaining a M.F. A. in Theatre at New York University, she directed and performed in productions in New York and the Tri-State area. Committed to using her talents to affect social and personal change through speaking and the arts. Ms. King has combined her involvement with human rights organizations and causes with her artistic pursuits. As a seasoned and respected actress, many of Ms. King's stage, television and film credits reflect her commitment to social change and include portrayals of Rosa Parks in the NBC-TV movie "King", Dr. Betty Shabazz in the film, "Death of a Prophet" with Morgan Freeman, and Medgar Ever's daughter, Reena, in "Ghost of Mississippi". Focusing on the highlights of the Civil Rights Movement, her most recent theatrical production is "Achieving the Dream" where she portrays several characters. Ms. King's speaking accomplishments include presentations at many of the major colleges and Universities across the country, participation as key not speaker for significant religious, educational and professional conferences, as well as for top corporations such as American Express and Energizer. Sharing her message of the importance of embracing our common humanity, she has sounded the call from the halls of the United Nations to venues in Moscow and Munich. Ms. King has been acclaimed for her ability to inspire people to reach higher ground, to motivate people to move forward and to empower people to make a difference. Ms. King has been honored with numerous presentations, awards and citations by organizations around the country and was named one of the Outstanding Young Women of America. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change, Inc. (the official national memorial to Dr. King) and was founding Director of the King Center's Cultural Affairs Program. She serves on the Partnership Council of Habitat for Humanity, is a member of the Southern Christie Leadership Conference, a sponsor of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and holds a lifetime membership in the NAACP. As well, she holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Marywood University.