Sunday, 1 April 2018

MEETING WITH 87 YEAR OLD DR NAOMI RUTH BARBER KING – SISTER IN LAW OF MARTIN LUTHER KING

Presenting a copy of The National Biographer magazine to Dr. Naomi King
I had a dream (Mhm) that one day (Yes) that I will meet with the Martin Luther King family. I had a dream that one day here on earth not in Heaven I will meet a Luther. But my dream kept getting deemed because I knew that almost all the family members of Martin Luther King Snr were dead. Hmmmmmmm On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. On July 21, 1969, his brother – Alfred Daniel Williams King drowned in their home swimming pool, though the family believed that he was murdered. On July 30, 1974, King’s mother-in-law - Alberta Christine Williams King, was murdered by deranged gunman. In 1976, King’s younger daughter - Darlene died while jogging from an apparent heart attack, in 1986 Darlene’s son Al died in the same manner. In 1984, Martin Luther King, Sr., died of a heart attack. My dream came alive on January 15, 2006 when I won the ‘Martin Luther King Prize for Non Violent Advancement of Knowledge’ by the Martin Luther King Center For Non Violence Lagos. 15 days later on January 30, 2006, Martin Luther King jr wife’s - Coretta Scott King, died of advanced ovarian cancer. My dream almost deemed. Then in 2015 Naomi King was attacked in a carjacking attempt outside her retirement home in Atlanta.
Showing Dr Naomi King page 15 of the magazine where she appeared with President Obama
I became worried but then I still had my dream, for I knew Naomi Ruth Barber King (Neenie) and Christine King Farris were still alive as part the surviving members of the Martin Luther King snr family. How the dream will come through I did not know but I had a dream. Just back from the forest of a thousand demon, I got a call from my darling sister Aralola, and she said to me “My brother U have to meet my guest and I am sure she will like to meet you too” who is your guest I asked, ‘Naomi King’ she responded.
Presenting a framed photo of Dr Naomi King to her 

That was how my dream became a reality, so, I met with and presented gifts to the 87 year old Dr. Naomi Ruth Barber King (Neenie) of the Martin Luther King family, gifts including a copy of my magazine The National Biographer Magazine that featured President Barack Obama. I showed her page 15 where she appeared with President Obama and she exclaimed: “Oh this is lovely, Aralola please come and see me in this beautiful magazine. This is just awesome, In the USA, I have seen quite a lot of publications on my President but I must commend your magazine with so many beautiful photographs and the list of 500 achievements of my president, I love this one, to think that my photo with my president is in it, means I will cherish and keep it at the AD King Foundation. Thank you so much. How many photos do you have in it? “(about 130 photos ma) You are incredibly good. Then she wrote on the magazine. “This magazine is a personal copy of Dr. Naomi King pls don’t take it away.”
Dr. Naomi King writing her name on her copy of the magazine 
Dr. Naomi King is a mother, grandmother, great grandmother. Born in 1931 in Dothan, Alabama, USA, married to Rev Alfred Daniel Williams King, the younger brother of Martin Luther King jr., they had five kids. Her husband shepherded four churches (First Baptist Church, Newman, Georgia, First Baptist Church Ensley Alabama, Zion Baptist Church, Louisville Kentucky and Ebenezer Baptist Church Atlanta Georgia). They joined Martin Luther King jr in his non-violence campaign. On May 11, 1963, a bomb destroyed their home. Even with all the losses, Naomi King has kept her husband’s and the Martin Luther King family memory alive through her establishment of the A.D. King Foundation in 2008. She is a recipient of the Hope Worldwide Living Legend Award, African Leadership Magazine Award, S. C. L. C. Rosa Parks Freedom Award, Truth Finder Award, Principled Life Award, Zambians Freedom, Justice and Peace Award, Global Citizens Award, Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of "A D and ML King: Two Brothers Who Dared To Dream" (Photo credit, my son: Ikemsinachukwu James)


 


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