**FILE** Rodney King, the Los Angeles motorist whose beating by police was captured on videotape, smiles, 01 May 1992 in Beverly Hills, during a press conference, where he called for the end of violence in the city. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images)
**FILE** Rodney King, the Los Angeles motorist whose beating by police was captured on videotape, smiles, 01 May 1992 in Beverly Hills, during a press conference, where he called for the end of violence in the city. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images)

The daughter of the late Rodney King, a man whose name was once synonymous with police brutality, is on a mission to keep his memory alive.

On Monday, in commemoration of the 27th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots that ensued after four city police were acquitted of beating King during a traffic stop in 1991, Lora King launched the I Am a King scholarship to celebrate Black fathers.

The $10,000 scholarship, funded by a prominent private tech entrepreneur, will be issued periodically and provide financial support for Black fathers to play a more active role in their children’s lives.

The scholarship, which will also range in value, will cover activity costs as small as dinner and a game of miniature golf and as large as an all-expenses-paid trip to Disneyland.

King, 35, said while others have promised to contribute, she hopes to solicit donations from the public.

Rodney King, who was awarded $3.8 million in damages after being brutally beaten by police, was found dead in 2012 in his home pool. He was 47.

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