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Rodney King’s Daughter Launches Scholarship in His Honor

The daughter of the late Rodney King, a man whose name was once synonymous with police brutality, is on a mission to keep his memory alive.

On Monday, in commemoration of the 27th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots that ensued after four city police were acquitted of beating King during a traffic stop in 1991, Lora King launched the I Am a King scholarship to celebrate Black fathers.

The $10,000 scholarship, funded by a prominent private tech entrepreneur, will be issued periodically and provide financial support for Black fathers to play a more active role in their children’s lives.

The scholarship, which will also range in value, will cover activity costs as small as dinner and a game of miniature golf and as large as an all-expenses-paid trip to Disneyland.

King, 35, said while others have promised to contribute, she hopes to solicit donations from the public.

Rodney King, who was awarded $3.8 million in damages after being brutally beaten by police, was found dead in 2012 in his home pool. He was 47.

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