Matt Towery

What's essential here is that the King children didn't get fabulously rich through lucrative "consulting contracts," or legal "settlements" spun off of perceived or real racial controversies. They didn't try to become household names by falling over themselves to get to network or cable TV broadcast booths every time an issue came up that could have called for their opinions. Instead, they did as those who truly believe in Dr. Martin Luther King's dream do. They lived to work and accomplish the American dream of success based on their own talents and dedication.

Through her courage, entrepreneurship and talent, Yolanda King made a life and a name for herself. She stood up for what she believed, for example, when she refused to perform in a state that did not recognize her father's birthday as a national holiday. But she did not seek to build her fortune by being an opportunist.

Nor have any of Dr. King's children abused the privilege of their last name. They've all been humble and gracious, and often in situations where they could have taken advantage of circumstances, and perhaps been forgiven if they had.

Most admirable of all, they've declined to do as some others have: act as if the world must heed their every word and bend to their every demand because they themselves represent "racial justice." Such people often have one standard for the mistakes of others, and a different standard for themselves and their allies.

Thankfully, we have the example of Dr. King's children to set our lights by. Unfortunately, the family has lost the eldest child. May God bless and comfort his family, whose contributions to the world and life by example have been overshadowed by those who showboat and bully.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery