"One night for her birthday we ended up at a family's friend's house and we were playing Taboo all night long and laughing and joking," he says. "She has this way of telling stories that will crack you up, and remembering things that you have forgotten that will have you in stitches.
"She had really learned in life not to take herself too seriously."
Canady says people have written rules for Bernice King that they're not willing to follow themselves: She's not allowed to make mistakes; she's not allowed to be different from her parents.
"She is not Martin or Coretta Scott King. She is her own person," says Canady.
In her 1997 book, "Hard Questions, Heart Answers," King wrote:
"I remember someone telling me when I was a teenager, 'It's better to be alone and be yourself than to be in a crowd and be someone else.'"
As she assumes a more public role, Bernice King seems to be finding a way to be herself, even when she is surrounded by a crowd.
Maybe now she is finally hitting her stride.