Task Force mourns death of Yolanda King 'An unwavering voice for equality and justice'

May 17, 2007

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

WASHINGTON, May 17 — Yolanda King, daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, died on May 15.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“Like her father, Yolanda King fought for racial and economic justice and challenged America to face up to these scourges. Like her mother, she was an unwavering voice for equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. To all audiences, with eloquence and passion, she denounced all forms of discrimination while urging all of us to reach across the lines that divide us from each other. We will always celebrate her life and cherish her memory.”


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.