Through It All: Reflections on My Life, My Family, and My Faith

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 257 pages

Through It All, a unique, intimate portrait of the Kings, one of America's most extraordinary families, is written as only a beloved elder sibling of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., could -- with insight, tenderness, and wisdom.

Christine King Farris, the only sister of Dr. King and his brother, A.D., is the surviving member of the family that together stood for the rights of all Americans at the forefront of the civil rights movement. They come from a long line of African Americans in the South who combined education and conviction not only to survive against the odds but to make life better for themselves and those around them, especially the poor. She offers a rare opportunity to learn more about the man behind the myth -- as she describes, Martin Luther King was "no saint, ordained as such at birth. Instead, he was an average ordinary man, called by a God, in whom he had deep and abiding faith, to perform extraordinary deeds."

The revelatory glimpses into her childhood with Dr. King are heartwarming. Her memories of, and insight into, her family's early years, including the brutal murder of their mother in church and the drowning of their youngest brother, are startling.

Ms. Farris has led a fascinating life, not only as the sibling of one of America's most internationally celebrated leaders, but in her own right as a wife and mother, activist, and career educator who has put in more than fifty years of service at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Her children's book, My Brother Martin, was described by Kirkus Reviews as "a window to show Martin as a small boy in a loving extended family."

Through It All, Christine King Farris's first memoir, opens doors to let readers of all ages into her life, her family, and the faith that allows her, in the ninth decade of her life, to still stand for all the principles that make America great.

 

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Contents

The Struggle Continues
90
One of MLs Finest Hours
100
Travel to Norway and the Celebration of MLs Nobel Peace Prize
106
Selma and the Struggle for the Right to Vote
116
section three A SEASON OF GRIEF AND LOSS
123
Losing ML in Memphis
125
My Brother AD Dies
140
Mothers Tragic Death at Ebenezer
145
Losing Daddy
161
My Dear Sister Coretta
176
Yolanda Denise King
189
section four WORKING THROUGH PAIN AND GRIEF AND THE JOURNEY TO FORGIVENESS
197
Work at the Martin Luther King Jr Center for Nonviolent Social Change
201
Founding The Martin Luther King Jr Child Development Center
210
My Spiritual Rock
212
Acknowledgments
233

Sudden Deaths of a Niece and a Nephew
159

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Christine King Farris is the sister of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the only surviving member of the King family. She is the author of the children's book My Brother Martin and has been on the faculty of Spelman College since 1958. She lives with her husband in Atlanta.

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