King Nephew To No Longer Head SCLC

Source: Ernie Suggs and Shelia M. Poole / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which has gone through a period of instability at the top for nearly a decade, saw another change in leadership Friday.

Isaac Farris, the ninth president of the Atlanta-based organization founded 55 years ago by his uncle, Martin Luther King Jr., is out. He had been on the job less than a year.

The Rev. C.T. Vivian, an 87-year-old civil rights veteran, now takes over as the interim president of the SCLC, becoming the group’s sixth leader since 2004.

During a Friday news conference to announce the changes, the SCLC’s chairman, the Rev. Bernard LaFayette Jr., said simply that Farris was “no longer president” and “that the transition would be in an orderly fashion.”

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