How did Ron Alexander come to know Yolanda King?
AnswerWhen I met Yolanda King, she was a student majoring in theater at Smith College. What impressed me about her was her personality and friendliness. She was approachable and easy to talk with as well. I was equally amazed by the resemblance to her father. She had the same strong, full lips and Dr. King's stoic profile. She even talked like him with the same cadence and rhythmic enunciation.
I write about her in my memoir . . .
One evening, Kathy invited me to accompany her to Yolanda’s King's room. I discovered that “Yoki” was like most of the other students I met. I was amazed by the remarkable resemblance to her father. She had the same wide nose and full lips. I also learned that she was, notwithstanding her royalty of being Dr. King's daughter, a down-to-earth person. Still though, as I sat across from her and studied her face, it all seemed bizarre that I would be sitting in her room. I was also intrigued by her choice of theater as a major and not political science. Following her debut in a student production, I reviewed her performance for a local newspaper. The byline, legitimized my claim to be a professional writer.
Search result for 'Yolanda King' in Don't Tell Me What To Do: A Spiritual Memoir
Chapter 6: Expatriate - 1970-1975
"...the door for me to meet jazz drummer Max Roach. At Amherst College, a student invited me to sit in on a poetry class being taught by Sonia Sanchez. I met Natalie Cole. Kathy personally introduced me to her classmate, Yolanda King. Meeting people with goals, dreams, two parents and friends, people with connections to the real world and with themselves, made me feel empty and lonely. I wondered what my life would have been like if I had ..."