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.
In this memoir, the sister of Martin Luther King Jr. offers a look into her family, providing a remarkable perspective on the beloved civil rights leader. The history of Farris's family finds a people deeply committed to religious faith and the betterment of their community, steeped in generations of service to others. Taking readers through her experience of the Civil Rights movement, Farris's chronicle is generally absorbing, especially the material about MLK himself, but the overall experience is a disjointed one; Farris can be prone to tangents, repetition, and long lists of unimportant names. Still, the frequent digressions will not deter a readership eager to learn more about the life of Martin Luther King, and it's in stories about her brother that Farris's narrative shines. 39 b&w photos.