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KING'S SON EXPECTED TO HEAD FATHER'S GROUP

After months of speculation, Martin Luther King III has emerged as the most likely candidate to take over as the head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Several board members confirmed a report Sunday that King, son of the group's co-founder, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is the heir apparent. The board is expected to meet this week to vote on the appointment; the final decision will be made Saturday by delegates to the organization's convention in Atlanta.

One board member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Sunday the search committee has recommended King as the top pick among finalists, but the decision isn't final.

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