Cards Falling? Bernice King Steps Down As Elder At New Birth

Daughter of MLK Had Been Planning Move for Awhile

It seems like the walls may soon be crumbling at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The daughter of the late great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has stepped down from her leadership role in the church.

From the AJC:

The Rev. Bernice King will announce on a radio show Tuesday that she is stepping down as an elder at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, an action apparently unrelated to Bishop Eddie Long’s recent settlement of four sexual misconduct lawsuits.

King intends to disclose her plans to radio host Rhodell Lewis on Praise 102.5, and on between 4 and 5:30 p.m., according to an Effective Media Group news release.

King is leaving with the blessing of Long, pastor of the Lithonia Megachurch, and had been planning this move for a couple of years, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

I’m wondering if this means that other leaders in the church will also downsize or leave their positions? Since the Bishop has settled his lawsuits I’ve heard rumors that some church leaders and members want him ousted.

We will just have to wait this one out and see what happens.

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What do you think of Rev. Bernice King stepping down at New Birth? What implications will this have on other church leaders and New Birth’s standing in the community?

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