Christine King Farris and Nikki Giovanni Honored at Boston University
Boston - Christine King Farris, MLK’s only surviving sibling, was named the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center on April 3 in recognition of her dedicated work for equality and social justice. Distinguished poet Nikki Giovanni was named the first Coretta Scott King Fellow. Prof. Giovanni gave a powerful introduction to Prof. Farris, who presented the inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture. Prof. Farris’ talk was a moving discussion on the importance of education in the development of her brother’s work and career and an inspirational call to uphold the ideals of social justice and public service. She also spoke on her very personal memories of the King family. Both attended the opening of a new exhibition of Dr. King’s archive, Pin His Ear to the Wisdom Post: Martin Luther King Jr. and the School of Prophets.
The mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series is to bring speakers to the Boston University community who serve as leaders in the quest for maintaining social justice and human rights.