Christine King Farris, Last Sibling of Martin Luther King Jr., Dies at 95
She supported him during the civil rights movement and promoted his legacy after he was assassinated.
By Alex Traub
June 29, 2023, 6:31 p.m. ET
Christine King Farris, the last living sibling of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died on Thursday. She was 95.
Her death was announced by her niece, the Rev. Bernice King, in a statement. It did not say where she died.
Ms. Farris, Dr. King’s older sister, supported him politically and personally. She joined him in 1965 for the March for Voting Rights in Alabama and in 1966 for the March Against Fear in Mississippi. She also lent him money so he could buy his
She lived through multiple tragedies over the next few years: the assassination of Dr. King in 1968; the death, by drowning, of her other brother, Alfred Daniel King, known as A.D., in his swimming pool in 1969; and the assassination of her mother,
Alberta King, during a church service in 1974.
“I think of the things that I’ve faced in my life, and sometimes I question how I’m still here,” Ms. Farris told CNN in 2008. “I’m the lone survivor in my family.”
Ms. Farris dedicated herself to promoting Dr. King’s legacy. She helped her sister-in-law, Coretta Scott King, establish the King Center, a nonprofit organization that conducts educational programs and supports research related to Dr. King, and she
served as its senior vice president and treasurer.
She made herself available on mundane and dramatic occasions to honor her family. She helped pick authentic wallpaper for a museum based in the home where she and her siblings grew up. In 2007, the year after Coretta King died, Ms. Farris took her place
conducting a commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Dr. King’s birthday.
In January this year, she was in the pews when President Biden spoke in honor of her brother...