Rev. Bernice King Elected President At SCLC : The Two-Way Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., is elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
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Rev. Bernice King Elected President At SCLC

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Rev. Bernice King.

W. A. Harewood/2008 file photo, AP

Rev. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., was elected this morning to be president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference -- the landmark civil rights group her father co-founded.

As NPR's Debbie Elliott reported on Morning Edition, Bernice King is a 46-year-old motivational speaker known for her fiery sermons.

And, Debbie reported, King's election comes at an important time for the SCLC:

The vote is "crucial for the survival of the organization," says Ralph Luker, a civil rights historian in Atlanta. He says after four decades of strong leadership under Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy and Joseph Lowery, the SCLC has limped along in recent times without "a clear sense of its reason for being."

Here is Debbie's full report: