Dr. Bernice King 'appalled' by 'MLK twerking party' flyers

Dr. Bernice King 'appalled' by 'MLK twerking party' flyers

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When FOX 5 News showed Dr. Bernice King images of her father being used in club and event promotions, she shook her head in disbelief.

Images being circulated online depict her father, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, in promotions allegedly for 'twerk' parties for a teen club in Michigan. FOX 5 was unable to find the image directly on the group's Facebook page, but outraged people had already started to comment to the group. One of the widely circulated flyers depicts an enhanced Rev. King wearing a large gold chain, making hand gestures under the headline 'Freedom 2 Twerk'.

"I feel like we have failed to reach these (groups)," Dr. King told FOX 5's Deidra Dukes in an exclusive interview.

"This imagery thing is just appalling, and it's almost embarrassing," Dr. King remarked. "For me, as his daughter, it's like 'wow', I lost a father who sacrificed everything for them to live a much more dignified and respectful life, and for it to come to this makes me sad," King concluded.

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King told FOX 5 she was not upset about people celebrating her father's life, but she had serious concerns about the use of her father's imagery to suggest he would endorse such a style of celebration.

"My father would have worked to elevate them, to connect with them, and bring them into the movement," King said.

MyFoxAtlanta.com spoke with a man who has direct knowledge of this group's activities. He says "no disrespect" was even intended with the flyer or event. The man, who wished not to be identified, says this event is spearheaded by teens who are working to have a positive influence in the community, and reach out to a group surrounded by violence in the streets every day. He says the flyer was a way to reach the audience through "gospel rap" and was meant to support a positive message.

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