Martin Luther King Jr.’s Sister to Be Honored With the James Weldon Johnson Medal

Willie Christine King Farris, associate professor of education and director of the Learning Resources Center at Spelman College in Atlanta, will receive the James Weldon Johnson Medal on November from the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University. The award recognizes “individuals whose achievements and service reflect a deep and unwavering commitment to civil and human rights.”

Professor Farris is the only living sibling of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. She is the author of the autobiography, Through It All: Reflections on My Life, My Family, and My Faith (Atria Books, 2009).

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