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Bernice King Responds to Father's Depiction in Fortnite

Bernice King has distanced herself from the Fortnite event featuring her father's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Bernice King has distanced herself from the Fortnite event featuring her father's "I Have a Dream" speech. / Photo courtesy of Epic Games

Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter, Bernice King, has responded to the "March Through Time" Fortnite event that uses her father's likeness, saying she had no control over the licensing process.

The "March Through Time" event has sparked discussion about the appropriateness of putting serious civil rights history in a game so frequently frivolous as Fortnite. Although the event stops short of offering a Martin Luther King Jr. skin, it does tie various mini games to King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech, which plays on an in-game screen.

"Decisions around licensing my father's intellectual property are outside of my personal purview," she tweeted Thursday.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center, of which Bernice King is CEO, similarly distanced itself from the Fortnite event.

"The King Center does not license Dr. King's intellectual property, and, therefore, was not involved in any decisions concerning the endeavor with TIME Inc and PlayStation/Fortnite," the organization tweeted Thursday. "These licensing decisions are made by Intellectual Properties Management (IPM)."

The "March Through Time" event is set to run for the next year.