Born on May 25, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia to her parents, Martin Luther King III
and Arndrea Waters King, Yolanda Renee King is the sole grandchild of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She was named in honor of her
aunt, Yolanda Denise King, who died a little more than a year before she was
born. As Yolanda Renee enters her teenage years, she has already earned the
respect and admiration of her generation for her outspoken activism in support
of the ongoing work to fulfill the great dream her grandfather shared with
She has passionately addressed mass gatherings in in protests against gun violence, homelessness and inhumane treatment of refugees seeking asylum on the U.S. southern border. When she met with President Obama in the oval
office, Yolanda Renee asked him, “Mr. President, what are you going to do
about all of these guns?” Although both of her parents are energetic social
reform activists, they have encouraged her to follow her heart in choosing a
career, while being a caring and compassionate person.
Yolanda Renee has chosen to become a life-long human rights activist in her own right, while leaving open options for pursuing her own career and interests. In a recent interview, Yolanda Renee noted that she had a dream in which her grandfather appeared. When asked how she interpreted the purpose of her dream, she responded “to remember that he is always with me.”