Yolanda King: 'Open My Eyes, Open My Soul'

MLK's Eldest Daughter Breaks Down Barriers with Story Collection

Listen: <b>Web Extra:</b> Hear Yolanda King Read from the Foreword to the Book, Written by Her Mother Coretta Scott King

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Yolanda King, the eldest child of the late Rev. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, literally grew up with the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

Born shortly before King initiated the bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., to protest Jim Crow segregation laws, Yolanda King was raised in a household where service to others is a family legacy.

She remains committed to the cause — working as a lecturer, actor, teacher, writer and producer to inspire social change both in the classroom and on stage.

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Her latest project is the book Open My Eyes, Open My Soul: Celebrating Our Common Humanity. It's an anthology of stories and poems by published and unpublished writers, ranging from celebrities to human rights advocates.

Yolanda King edited the book with writer and health activist Elodia Tate. She talks with NPR's Tavis Smiley about the "human family reunion" the book hopes to encourage.

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