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MLK's Youngest Son Weds Longtime Girlfriend

Dexter King marries in private California ceremony

7/16/2013, 2:34 p.m.
Leah Weber and Dexter King

According to a press statement the Atlanta Voice obtained Tuesday from the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest son, Dexter King, is now a married man.

“King Center Chairman Dexter Scott King, youngest son of Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King, Jr. married long time fiancé, Leah Weber, in a private ceremony in California on Friday, July 12, 2013,” the statement reads. “The bride, originally from New Orleans, is a former Broadcast Journalist and business owner, and is the daughter of proud parents Larry Weber of Atlanta via New Orleans and Joy Arceneaux of New Orleans.”

“The couple plan to reside in Malibu, California and are looking forward to a long and happy life together.”

On Saturday, the Atlanta Voice discovered, the new bride now known as Leah Weber King posted the following message on her Facebook page under the heading, Newly Wed: "When love beckons to you follow him, though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him, though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden. For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, so shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth. Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself. He threshes you to make you naked. He sifts you to free you from your husks. He grinds you to whiteness. He kneads you until you are pliant; and then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

“All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart. But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure, then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor, into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears. Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; for love is sufficient unto love. When you love you should not say, ‘God is in my heart,’ but rather, ‘I am in the heart of God.’ And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be you desires: to melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; and to bleed willingly and joyfully. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; to rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy; to return home at eventide with gratitude; and then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.” -- Khalil Gibran

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