Christine King Farris was born Willie Christine King on September 11, 1927. She is the oldest and only living sibling of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. She works at Spelman College as a professor and has authored several books and given public speeches on various topics.
Farris and her three siblings spent their early years living with their grandparents, Adam Daniel Williams and Jennie Celeste Parks Williams. Farris was married to Isaac Newton Farris, Sr., and they had two children, Angela Christine Farris Watkins and Isaac Newton Farris, Jr., the CEO of the King Center.
For many years, Farris served as Vice Chair and Treasurer of the King Center and has been active in the International Reading Association. She has also participated in numerous church and civic organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Farris was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in 2004.
Farris has endured a lot during her lifetime, including the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the drowning of another brother, and her mother’s murder in 1974. The books she has authored touch on various trials and tribulations she has endured in life, such as “Through It All: Reflections on My Life, My Family, and My Faith,” “My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” and “March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World.”