Martin Luther King Jr.'s Eldest Son Steps Down As Head Of King Center

01/17/2012 01:20 pm ET

ATLANTA -- The eldest son of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is resigning as president of the Atlanta center that honors his father's civil rights legacy, a day after the holiday marking his father's birthday.

Martin Luther King III made the announcement Tuesday, a week after leaving the CEO post at The King Center. His sister, Bernice King, took over as chief executive. Their brother, Dexter, is chairman of the board of trustees.

King says in a statement that he will remain active on the center's board of trustees but would be launching a new organization dedicated to the principles of nonviolence, social justice and human rights.

He was not immediately available for comment.

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