YOLANDA KING

Out & Equal Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Leader

Yolanda King and Selisse Berry
Yolanda King and Selisse Berry at the 2006 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Chicago, IL.
Yolanda King
Yolanda King at the 2006 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Chicago, IL.
Yolanda King
Yolanda King at the 2006 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Chicago, IL.
Yolanda King and Yvette Burton
Yolanda King and Yvette Burton at the 2006 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Chicago, IL.

San Francisco, CA – May 16, 2007 – Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, died this morning at the age of 51.

Yolanda King was a passionate advocate of social justice and harmony, truly carrying the legacy of her parents. At Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, we feel honored and fortunate to have worked with Ms. King when she spoke at our 2006 Workplace Summit in Chicago, IL. Like her mother, Coretta Scott King, Yolanda King believed that “The Dream” of Dr. King rested not just in racial and gender equality, but also equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. During her keynote remarks on September 16, 2006 at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Chicago, IL, Yolanda King said, “We have come a long way. And while the scars and stains of racism remain, the fact is, racial discrimination is no longer legal. However, discrimination under the rule of law still exists. If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you do not have the same rights as other Americans. You cannot marry. And while there has been some progress, thanks to the work of this organization [Out & Equal Workplace Advocates] in the workplace, you still face discrimination in the workplace, and in our armed forces. For a nation that prides itself on liberty, justice and equality for all, this it totally unacceptable.”

Out & Equal joins the family and many others in mourning the passing of this inspirational woman.

Out & Equal™ Workplace Advocates is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in San Francisco, California. Out & Equal champions safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The organization advocates building and strengthening successful organizations that value all employees, customers, and communities.

Media contact: Jere Keys, Communications Manager, jkeys@outandequal.org or (415) 684-6512.