Dr. Bernice A. King Issues Statement Regarding Paula Deen

Bernice A. King has spoken with Paula Deen and accepts her apology.

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No matter how much more is revealed in the story, instead of crucifying Ms.Deen, we must use this as a teachable moment and find a way to allow redemption and reconciliation to take place.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 26, 2013

“I have spoken with Paula Deen," said Bernice A. King, "and as a minister, I prayed with her about the continuous unfolding controversy surrounding allegations of racial discrimination. She realizes her past actions were inappropriate and conveyed her commitment to engage in diversity and sensitivity training. She has asked for forgiveness; and I believe that in the spirit of nonviolence as taught by my father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we should accept her apology. No matter how much more is revealed in the story, instead of further crucifying Ms. Deen, we must use this as a teachable moment and find a way to allow redemption and reconciliation to take place.”

About Bernice A. King: Bernice A. King is globally known as a captivating, life-changing preacher and orator and humanitarian leader. She is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Law degree from Emory University. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College. As a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Bernice is also a certified mediator registered with The Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. Currently she serves as CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., the organization founded by Mrs. Coretta Scott King as the official living memorial to continue Dr. King’s legacy of Nonviolence. She also serves on Regions Financial Corporation’s Diversity Advisory Council and Operation HOPE’s Southeast Regional Board.


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