Shaun King is a famous American civil rights activist and writer who became popular by using social media to promote social causes. He is known for the social media thread Black Lives Matter, which fights violence and racism against blacks. King is also a columnist associated with The Intercept and a political commentator for the TYT network show called The Young Turks.
Is Shaun King White or Black? Bio
The prolific activist was born Jeffery Shaun King on September 17, 1979, in Franklin County, Kentucky, in the United States. He was born the son of an American mother and an African-American father. Because of his ethnicity because of his skin color, there was much controversy. However, his mother led him to believe that his father was a light-skinned black man when he was growing up. King is undoubtedly biracial and has American citizenship.
As an adolescent, King was a bright child and he completed his basic education at Huntertown Elementary School while also attending Woodford County High School. Soon after graduating, Shaun King enrolled at Morehouse College, where he majored in history. During his time there, King received the Oprah Winfrey Scholar Award for his academic achievements. Shortly after graduating in 2012, he was appointed a research assistant to Morehouse History Professor Alton Hornsby Jr.
Career and Rise to Prominence
After graduating, Shaun served as a high school political education teacher for a year. He then became a motivational speaker at the Juvenile Justice Department in Atlanta. During this time Shaun became a pastor at the Total Grace Christian Centre in Georgia. Following this, he founded his own church in 2008, known as Courageous Church. Originally his church had no members, but through the use of social media, he was able to recruit members for his church. For this reason, he was called the Facebook Pastor.
Two years later, Shaun was able to raise the sum of $1.5 million to help the displaced people of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He then launched another award-winning charity auction website called TwitChange.com. Through this website, Shaun and his group were able to impact many lives. One of their projects included building an orphanage in Bonneau, Haiti. Amazingly, TwitChange.com won the Mashable Award as the most creative campaign for social good.
The activist resigned from his church in 2012 citing stress and disillusionment as the reason for his actions. After his resignation, he founded another charity site alongside Chad Kellough called HopeMob.org. Through this website, Shaun and his partner raised the money they used to build their platform on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.
In addition, Shaun, along with Vicent Tuscano and Ray Lee, was granted US patent rights in 2014, which enabled them to create a subscription-based social media platform called @Upfront. The following year, he wrote his first book, The Power of 100. In the same year, he joined the New York Daily News as a senior law writer but left it in 2017. In addition, he has worked as a political commentator for the TYT network since 2016.
Net Worth: How Much is Shaun King Worth?
The brilliant political activist has been successful since the beginning of his career, and he has amassed enormous wealth for himself. He currently leads a wasteful lifestyle, and his net worth is said to be in the millions. According to sources, Shaun King’s net worth is estimated at $2 million. He earns his net worth through his career, salary, and other efforts.
Who are The Parents, Brother, and Wife?
As we mentioned earlier, Shaun King was born to African American parents, Jeffrey King, and his wife Naomi Kay King. He was raised by a single mother along with his two other brothers, Russ and Jason King. In September 2018, Shaun King announced that his older brother Jason had passed away after suffering from pancreatic cancer. Jason is five years older than Shaun, and he is also a pastor at Courageous Church in Atlanta. He was married to a lady named Kari Anderson and they had two children, Josiah and Elana.
Shaun, on the other hand, is also a happily married man and father of five amazing children. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life named Rai King. The couple’s relationship began several years ago, and in 2001 they walked down the aisle to the altar in a wedding ceremony attended by their close friends and family members. Together they have five children, three daughters named Taeyonna, Savannah, and Kendi King, and a son named Ezekiel King. Meanwhile, his biological children are three, while the other two have been adopted.