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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Daughter Criticizes Violence and Hip-Hop Culture

In a recent speech at North Carolina Central University, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, Bernice King, criticized hip-hop culture and called for an end to the violence that has pervaded the community in recent years. King, the youngest daughter of the Civil Rights leader and his wife Coretta Scott King, was the keynote speaker at the University’s January 12 celebration of her father’s birthday. While speaking King took the entertainment industry to task for the unhealthy values she believes they are instilling in today’s youth, commenting that young women should realize that they are not “bitches and whores” and young men “are not dogs, but princes.”
According to The News & Observer, King questioned when people would tire of a “Hip-hop culture that has not done us justice. What’s happened to us is that we have become so enamored by the status quo. And we are letting other people define us, describe us, image us and even brand us. And I will not let that happen to me.”

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