Christine King Farris to give MLK, Jr. Leadership Lecture

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 |

(Boston) – The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will host the opening of an exhibition of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s archives in an event honoring Christine King Farris, his only surviving sibling. Farris will be recognized as the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow and will offer the inaugural MLK Jr. Leadership Lecture, speaking on her work and her personal memories of the King family. Poet Nikki Giovanni will also be participating in the program to pay tribute to Dr. King and Farris. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Details
Title: Pin His Ear to the Wisdom Post: Martin Luther King Jr. and the School of Prophets
Date: Friday, April 3, 2009
Time: Exhibition Opening and Reception: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Lecture: 7:00 PM
Location: Exhibition: Howard Gotlieb Memorial Gallery, 771 Commonwealth Avenue
Lecture: Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue
Admission: Free and open to the public
Contact: For more information, call 617-353-3697 or email

***Farris will sign copies of her new book at 6:30 PM***

Christine King Farris is the eldest and only living sibling of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and author of Through It All: Reflections on My Life, My Family, and My Faith (March 2009) and children’s book My Brother Martin (January 2003). Farris is an Associate Professor of Education at Spelman College and a graduate of Columbia University’s Teachers College. Farris, the only surviving member of the King family, now lives with her husband in Atlanta, Georgia.

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. We seek mentors for our students who exemplify the highest standards of Dr. King’s legacy.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, visit