The daughter of Martin Luther King has marked her late father’s birthday by posting a touching online tribute saying ‘Happy birthday day, I miss you!’
Reverend Bernice King tweeted a picture of her up close to the memorial to her father in West Potomac Park in Washington DC.
In the moving snap, she can be seen placing her hand on the statue’s nose while laying her forehead against the memorial.
She then posted the tribute to her father – who would have turned 88 yesterday – and signed off the post with the hashtag #MLK.
The post comes as people across America mark the federal holiday of Martin Luther King Day today, with millions of people enjoying a day off from work.
It became a national holiday in 1983 under President Ronald Reagan and has been observed on the Monday closest to King’s birthday ever since.
Bernice was born in Atlanta in August 1963, just months after her civil rights leader father gave his iconic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech in August 1963.
She is King’s youngest child with his wife Coretta Scott King, who also had another daughter Yolanda and sons Martin and Dexter.
However, just a week after her fifth birthday, her father was shot dead at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
And for many Americans, Bernice will always be known as the sad little girl in a dress and pigtails cuddling her mother at her father’s funeral.
As she became an adult, she shied away from the spotlight more than her brothers and sister and became ordained in the Ebenezer Baptist Church.
However, in 2006 she gave the eulogy at her mother’s funeral and also gave a major speech in at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to mark the 50th anniversary of her father’s I Have a Dream address.
She is now the CEO of the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia which is described as a living memorial to Martin Luther King featuring family photos and artifacts.
Source: Daily Mail UK