King is the biggest drug dealer in Garden Heights, a leader of the King Lords, and father to Kenya and Lyric. He is abusive towards both his girlfriend Iesha and his daughters, and reviled by much of the neighborhood. King’s attempts to recruit Khalil to the King Lords are rebuffed, and he tries to save face by laying a gray bandana across Khalil’s body at his funeral (thus falsely suggesting that Khalil had joined the King Lords). King repeatedly threatens the Carters for speaking up in the wake of Khalil’s murder, and beats up the elderly Mr. Lewis for snitching on him in a television interview. He also badly beats DeVante after finding out he stole from him, and would likely have killed the teen if he wasn’t saved by Starr, Seven, Chris, and Kenya. After he sets fire to Maverick’s store, the neighborhood turns on King and he is arrested. DeVante agrees to turn witness on King, which Carlos says will ensure he remains locked up.
King Character Timeline in The Hate U Give
The timeline below shows where the character King appears in The Hate U Give. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the Black Panther’s Ten-Point Program more closely than the Bible. At breakfast, Seven discusses how King, a major neighborhood drug dealer, has moved in with his girlfriend, Seven’s mother Iesha. Maverick... (full context)
...is trying to hide from someone; he finally admits he is trying to hide from King because King wants him to “handle”—kill—the people who killed his brother Dalvin. Starr realizes that... (full context)
...father was the “biggest drug dealer” Garden Heights had ever seen, effectively making Maverick a King from birth. Maverick had to “king” since childhood as a way to survive; people would... (full context)
...to kill her. Kenya apologizes on behalf of Iesha, saying she wishes she would leave King. Starr sympathizes, saying Iesha might be too afraid—just like Starr was too afraid to speak... (full context)