Georgia leaders, dignitaries pay tribute to Dr. Christine King Farris

The body of Dr. Christine King Farris lies in state in the Georgia State Capitol Rotunda on Friday, July 14th, 2023. (Rahul Bali/WABE)

Dr. Christine King Farris is being honored with a notable remembrance. It’s all for a life dedicated to continuing the dream of her brother, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“May it continue to thrive and spread and help bring justice, peace and liberation to all humanity,” Farris said during the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in 2013.

Farris, the last living sibling of MLK, died Thursday, June 29, at the age of 95. In her honor, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp ordered flags to be flown at half-staff. Farris was also given the rare honor to lie in state in the Georgia State Capitol Rotunda.

Her casket was draped with pink, red and white roses during a memorial service, where Kemp, U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, and her niece, Rev. Bernice King, spoke. WABE reporter Rahul Bali was in attendance and said the word “historic” was used often.

Farris, born in Atlanta in 1927, was the oldest of the three children of Martin Luther King, Sr., and Alberta Williams King. She was a professor at Spelman College for more than 50 years. Colleagues said Farris was a nurturing teacher who held her students to high standards. She also wrote several books reflecting on her historic family and life.