Bernice King Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Spouse

Bernice King Net Worth

Bernice King has an estimated net worth of $2 million. Reverend Bernice A. King is the youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She is chief executive officer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia. She earns most of her income from book deals and speaking fees. 

King was the only one of the family’s four children to follow her father into the preaching ministry; her preaching style is considered similar to his. Over the years, Barnice King has supported many noble causes, for which she has been honored with several awards. In 2009, she was honored at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Convention for her advocacy on behalf of women.

To calculate the net worth of Bernice King, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name:

Bernice King

Net Worth: $2 Million
Monthly Salary: $20 Thousand
Annual Income: $500 Thousand
Source of Wealth: Lawyer, Public speaker

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Family Deaths and Funerals

Bernice King had to attend her father Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral when she was five years old, at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both her father and grandfather had served as pastors.

After her mother died of ovarian cancer in 2006, Coretta Scott King organized and delivered the eulogy at her mother’s funeral. Despite her family’s ties to Ebenezer, the wedding took place at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, where King was an elder at the time. (The larger church could also accommodate more mourners.)

Yolanda King, King’s sister, died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, California, a year after her mother died.

Growing up, King suffered the loss of other family members, including her uncle, A.D. King, who was discovered dead in his pool in 1969. (despite being a strong swimmer). Her grandmother, Alberta King, was shot and killed while playing the organ at Ebenezer in 1974.

Early Life and Call to Ministry

King was a shy, quiet child nicknamed “Bunny” who aspired to be the country’s first Black female president. With her father’s work and travel, she had few memories of him, though she did remember kissing his forehead when he returned home. Because her father was no longer present, she felt angry and abandoned at times.

She saw a documentary about the civil rights movement when she was 16 and away with a church youth group. She burst into tears and ran outside when she heard about her father’s funeral. She had her doubts about God for a while, but at the age of 17, she felt called to the ministry.

In her twenties, King considered suicide, a crisis that helped her accept the call to preach. In March 1988, she delivered her first sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather. She was ordained at Ebenezer in 1990. She quickly became a minister at the Greater Rising Star Baptist Church.

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Education

In Atlanta, King attended The Galloway School before graduating from Douglass High School in 1981. She began her college career at Grinnell College in Iowa, but soon transferred to Spelman College. In 1985, she graduated with a B.A. in psychology.

King earned a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Law from Emory University in 1990, feeling a call to the ministry but also wanting to forge her own path. She was admitted to the Georgia bar and later received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Wesley College.

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

King later became a co-pastor at Bishop Eddie Long’s megachurch, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. While there, she marched in support of a “return to family values” and a ban on gay marriage (this set King apart from Coretta, who saw a link between the civil rights movement and LGBT rights).

King left New Birth around the time Long reached a settlement with young men accusing him of coercing them into sexual relationships, though she stated that this was not the reason for her decision.

Activism

Bernice King on Trump

Donald J. Trump told a crowd at a rally during the 2016 presidential campaign, “If [Hillary Clinton] gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” before adding, “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.” King quickly expressed her displeasure on Twitter, writing, “As the daughter of an assassinated leader, I find #Trump’s comments distasteful, disturbing, and dangerous.”

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as Trump prepared to take office, King delivered a speech at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he received a standing ovation after declaring, “God can triumph over Trump.” She shared advice about dealing with the incoming administration on Facebook, including suggestions such as focusing on policy and holding nonviolent protests.

Nonetheless, King has urged people to talk to each other, even if their opinions differ, and told WSB Radio in January 2017 that “Unlike some, my father would try to meet with President-elect Trump because he understands that protesting and resisting isn’t enough to move the agenda of justice, freedom, and equality forward. You will also need to bargain.”

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Use of Twitter

When a Pepsi commercial showed Kendall Jenner handing a police officer a can of Pepsi at a low-key protest, King tweeted a photo of her father being mistreated by the police and wrote, “If only Daddy had known about the power of #Pepsi.”

After Senator Elizabeth Warren was prevented from reading a letter from Coretta Scott King opposing Jeff Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General on the Senate floor, King tweeted her support for Warren. While President Trump chastised football players for kneeling during the national anthem in September 2017, King shared a photo of her father kneeling during a protest of his own, noting that he, too, had been chastised for protesting.

Following a statement by Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man whose lack of compromise contributed to the Civil War, King responded, “It’s irresponsible & dangerous, especially when white supremacists feel emboldened, to make fighting to maintain slavery sound courageous.” After Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore stated that America was great “when families were united — even though we had slavery,” King responded on Twitter, “Greatness will NEVER include slavery.”

Marriage Equality

“I know deep down in my sanctified soul that he did not take a bullet for same-sex unions,” King said of her father’s death in 2004. In 2013, she stated, “I value marriage between a man and a woman,” but added that the decision was ultimately up to society.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in 2015 to grant same-sex couples the right to marry, King issued a statement through the King Center in which he said, “It is my sincere prayer… that the Supreme Court ruling encourages the global community to respect and embrace all LGBT global citizens with dignity and love.”

Continued Leadership

When King was 5 months old, her father hoped in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech that “my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Though this day has not yet arrived, King has helped move the country closer to her father’s vision through her speeches, preaching, mentoring, work at the King Center, and other endeavors.

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Her Parents’ Legacy

Coretta helped her children understand King’s father after he was killed. In 2011, Bernice King told the Washington Post “She was constantly teaching us about service to humanity, and she would recite the scripture that my father had taught us over and over. ‘Whoever wishes to be the greatest among you must serve.'” Coretta started the King Center in her basement; by taking over as CEO in January 2012, Bernice King was able to carry on her parents’ legacy.

King became the first female president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which her father co-founded and led, in 2009. However, the group was experiencing financial difficulties and infighting, so King did not take on the role.

Siblings

King has three siblings: Yolanda Denise (1955-2007), Martin Luther III (b. 1957) and Dexter Scott (b. 1961). 

King’s brothers manage their father’s estate, while she oversees the King Center and the archive of her father’s papers there. 

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Book and Speeches

King is the author of Hard Questions, Heart Answers: Sermons and Speeches (1996). Her oratorical talents have been compared to those of her father, making her a sought-after speaker.

In 1980, King addressed the United Nations on the subject of apartheid (representing her mother). And on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1993, she wowed the crowd at Ebenezer Baptist Church with a question, “My brothers and sisters, it is not enough to say that we marched with Dr. King 25 or even 30 years ago. We must ask ourselves, ‘What are we doing now?”

Personal Life & Spouse

Bernice’s love life hasn’t attracted much attention since she became famous. The reason is that Bernice keeps the details about her private life away from the public.

Albertine hasn’t been in any confirmed or rumored relationship in her life. In an interview with CNN in 2013, Bernice explained why she’s not able to trust:

“I’ve walls for a reason. When you grow up with the kind of tragedy we grew up with, you’re very wary. I was five when he was murdered. Some of the distrust and the walls come up automatically. It’s kind of second nature. That’s probably what worries me the most.”

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