Shaun King is a famous American civil rights activist and writer who became popular through the use of social media to champion social causes. He is notable for the social media thread tagged Black Lives Matter, which campaigns against violence and racism towards black people. In addition, King is also a columnist associated with The Intercept as well as a political commentator for the TYT Network show titled The Young Turks.
Is Shaun King White or Black? Bio
The prolific activist was born as Jeffery Shaun King on the 17th day of September 1979 in Franklin County of Kentucky, in the United States. He was born to an American mother and African-American father. There has been a lot of controversy going on based on his ethnicity because of his skin color. However, his mother made him believe that his father is a light-skinned black man while he was growing up. Without a doubt, King is biracial and he possesses an American nationality.
Growing up, King was a bright kid and he completed his basic education at the Huntertown Elementary School while he also attended Woodford County High School. Soon after his graduation, Shaun King enrolled at Morehouse College where he majored in history. While he was there, King was awarded the Oprah Winfrey Scholar Award for his academic excellence. Soon after his graduation in 2012, he was retained as a research assistant for Morehouse history professor named Alton Hornsby Jr.
Career and Rise to Prominence
Upon graduation, Shaun served as a high school civic education teacher for one year. After that, he went on to become a motivational speaker at the juvenile justice system in Atlanta. While he was doing that, Shaun became a pastor at Total Grace Christian Centre in Georgia. Subsequently, he founded his own church known as Courageous Church in 2008. Initially, his church didn’t have members but through the use of social media, he was able to recruit members to his church. That’s why he was called the Facebook Pastor.
Two years later, Shaun was able to raise the sum of $1.5 million to help support the displaced in the Haiti Earthquake in 2010. After that, he launched another award-winning charity auction website called TwitChange.com. Through the site, Shaun and his group were able to affect many lives. One of their projects involved building an orphanage in Bonneau, Haiti. Amazingly, TwitChange.com was honored with the Mashable Award as the Most Creative Social Good Campaign.
The activist resigned from his church in 2012 citing issues of stress and disillusionment as the reason for his actions. After his resignation, he founded another charity site called HopeMob.org alongside Chad Kellough. Through the site, Shaun and his partner were able to raise the money they used to build their platform on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
More so, Shaun along with Vicent Tuscano and Ray Lee were given US patent rights in 2014 which enabled them to create a subscription-based social media platform called @Upfront. The following year, he authored his first book titled The Power of 100. He also joined the New York Daily News as a senior justice writer in the same year but left in 2017. Additionally, he has been working as a political commentator on the TYT Network since 2016.
Net Worth: How Much is Shaun King Worth?
The brilliant political activist has been successful since the inception of his career and he has accumulated huge wealth for himself. He is currently living a lavish lifestyle and his net worth is said to be running in millions. According to sources, Shaun King’s net worth has been estimated to be $2 million. He earns his net worth from his career, salary, and other endeavors.
Who are The Parents, Brother, and Wife?
Like 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 doting mother along with his two other brothers – Russ and Jason King. In September 2018, Shaun King disclosed that his older brother Jason has kicked the bucket after suffering from pancreatic cancer. Jason is five years older than Shaun and he is also a Pastor at the 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 got hitched to his high school sweetheart and the love of his life named Rai King. The pair began their relationship several years ago and in 2001, they walked down the aisle 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 as well as a son Ezekiel King. Meanwhile, his biological kids are three while the other two were adopted.