Martin Luther King’s first grandchild was born in an Atlanta hospital on Sunday. The girl, named Yolanda Renee King, is the daughter of Martin Luther King III and his wife, Arndrea Waters King, the family said in a statement.

The newborn weighed in at 7.5 pounds. Her birth comes two years and two days after her parents were married.

“We are excited about our precious gift from God and cannot express how fortunate we feel to have our beautiful baby girl. It is truly the happiest day of our lives. I know my parents are smiling down from heaven,” the new father said in the statement released by Matlock Advertising and Public Relations, which works with the King family.

The baby was named after King’s oldest daughter Yolanda who died last year. (Source)

Photo source: Willie Jacobs



  • Nikki

    Congrats are in order!!! All children are a blessing.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bettathaniwasb4 2bme

    You know it’s funny..you would have thought he would honor his mother before his sister..but they were both dear to him..congrats on a healthy baby!

  • shunda

    common now 2bme Yolanda is bad enough but Coretta for a baby born in 2008.lol. That is asking to be picked on at school.

  • Kymystry

    Congrats MLK III and Mrs. MLK III !!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/bettathaniwasb4 2bme

    lol..the baby is third generation in a civil rights family, it could work..now I know a little boy named Dekaboodah..his mama is itching to be slapped!

  • bklynchick

    Finally!!

    Congrats!!

  • shunda

    Oh my Dekaboodah. Yeah she needs to be slapped. I bet you they call him Boodah for short which I think is one of the most awful nicknames. My kids know that once we step out the house nicknames are not to be used lol. How many kids answer to Boo and Pooh bear haha.

  • MOCHAMOMMY

    congrats to the MARRIED couple… 2bme, that mother needs to be pistol whipped for that mess!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/millyly milly

    Congrats!

  • cutienjerzey

    Congrats…but how old is he? Just asking. I’m surprised that this is the 1st granchild. Children are a beautiful blessing.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bettathaniwasb4 2bme

    So Coretta isn’t that bad is it? lol..There was a little girl in a youth program I was helping with who just had a baby. this child herself was 13 years old. We asked her what her baby’s name was and she said(this is how it’s pronounced) absidee..now GUESS how it’s spelled..and it’s NO LIE

  • Anna

    @ shunda Says:

    common now 2bme Yolanda is bad enough but Coretta for a baby born in 2008.lol. That is asking to be picked on at school.

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    My theory is their mother wanted her kids to her self. That one Of the King children is finally married and being blessed with a child he named after his sister, is suggestion to me that Mrs C Scott King did not want her kids to marry or have kids because she did not want the family name to be a burdeun on her (sons/daughter in-law or grandchildren.

    What are the odds that a mother has children and it isn’t until she passes away that one gets married.

    Not odds and all. Respect.

  • shunda

    ooh just saw my typo I meant come on. @Anna
    I heard that Mrs King did not want her kids married also. I guess they respected her wishes.

  • MOCHAMOMMY

    Anna says:

    My theory is their mother wanted her kids to her self. That one Of the King children is finally married and being blessed with a child he named after his sister, is suggestion to me that Mrs C Scott King did not want her kids to marry or have kids because she did not want the family name to be a burdeun on her (sons/daughter in-law or grandchildren.
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    Wow. You got all that from the birth of a child? Maybe they tried and tried and they discovered that he had a low sperm count. Maybe she couldnt conceive because of a fibroid. Everybody wants some juicy stuff when it may not even be all that. Just be happy that he isnt calling her “his peeps”

  • brwnsugga4you

    congrats to them both! i’m thinking when the child grows up and has King behind her name…and her dad comes to school and it’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s son…is enough in itself…amen..amen.

  • candycane

    STOP IT #7!!!

    I have a grown azz cousin named Pooh Bear, and I swear my auntie still calls him that no matter where he is. I think he’s either in his late 20’s or early 30’s LOL!!!

  • pointhimout

    congrats.

  • kpakpando

    Congratulations to the King family, children bring blessings

  • MzDetermined

    Cograts to the King family!

  • http://notenoughrealmen.blogspot.com 2thick4u

    Congrats to the beautiful family!!!

  • Bubbles

    COngrats!

  • http://www.myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    That is so exciting. I have been hoping for a King grandchild for years like this is my own family. Talk a child coming from royalty.

  • http://www.myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    Talk “about: a child coming from royalty.