Statement on the Passing of Dexter Scott King

Statement on the Passing of Dexter Scott King

The African American Wellness Project (AAWP) was deeply saddened by the passing of Dexter Scott King, a tireless advocate for civil rights and a resolute guardian of his parents’ legacy, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King who passed away yesterday after a battle with Prostate Cancer at 62 years old.

Prostate Cancer is a significant health concern, particularly among Black men. Statistics show that it is the second-most common cancer among Black men, and they are twice as likely to succumb to prostate cancer as their white counterparts. Alarmingly, Black men diagnosed with early-stage Prostate Cancer are 27% less likely to receive any type of treatment compared to white men facing the same condition.

In honor of Dexter Scott King’s legacy and to address the disparities in Prostate Cancer, AAWP urges Black men to #protecttheirhealth. Prostate Cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer, but getting an early diagnosis for this disease is still crucial, as it can improve outcomes and increase the rate of survival.

“Black men must stay on top of their routine screenings for Prostate Cancer, starting at age 40. Prostate Cancer is one of AAWP’s focus areas, especially since AAWP founder Dr. Michael LeNoir is also a Prostate Cancer survivor,” says AAWP executive director Monique LeNoir.

We extend our deepest condolences to the King family during this challenging time and remain committed to advancing the cause of civil rights and equity in healthcare.