OAKLAND -- Martin Luther King III is the keynote speaker Saturday for the Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series at Allen Temple Baptist Church. The lecture begins at 7 p.m.

King III, the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has dedicated his life to continuing the civil rights legacy of his father into the 21st century. In 1998, he became president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights organization his father founded.

He also served in public office as the at-large representative for Fulton County in Georgia and founded the nonprofit Realizing the Dream, Inc. In 2008, he spoke at the Democratic National Convention on behalf of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Civil rights singers Bettie Mae Fikes, Dr. Alvin McLean and the Allen Temple Unity Choir will perform.

Allen Temple is at 8501 International Blvd. in Oakland. To RSVP, call the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 510-434-3988.



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