MLK’s Daughter and Former New Birth Pastor Bernice King Gives Statement on Eddie Long’s Death

Bishop Eddie Long, left, speaks to Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Coretta Scott King, during a service at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, on Feb. 7, 2006. Photo courtesy of Retuers/Ric Feld

MLK’s Daughter and Former New Birth Pastor Bernice King Gives Statement on Eddie Long’s Death

The Rev. Bernice A. King offered condolences to the family of Bishop Eddie L. Long, who died Sunday at 63.

“My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Elder Vanessa Long, Ed and the entire Long family,”

King, the daughter of civil rights leaders the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, once served in New Birth under Long.

“As I reflect on his life, I am especially remembering Bishop Long’s support during some of the most difficult times in my life…the passing of my mother in 2006, and the sudden and unexpected loss of my sister in 2007,” King said in the statement. “During these devastating moments in my life, he was there for me and my family in many ways and I will forever be grateful.”

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