By Special to the Daily World
In the wake of the sudden death of former SCLC President Rev. Dr. Howard Creecy, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has voted to elect Isaac Newton Farris Jr., the nephew of SCLC founder Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as its new National President, and Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr., a nonviolence expert and co-founder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee [SNCC] as its new National Board Chairman. He replaces Dr. Sylvia Tucker, who resigned.
The SCLC Board also named Washington, D.C. labor leader Don Cash as its new vice chairman, and Louisiana attorney Randal L. Gaines as acting vice president.
“This is a great honor to, in effect, be continuing the family business,” said Farris. “My Uncle M.L. founded SCLC and now I have the responsibility to re-brand and revitalize it as we effectively breathe new life with new, young leadership into this venerable and still valued organization.”
Isaac Newton Farris Jr. was born in Atlanta, and attended his uncle’s alma mater, Morehouse College, where he majored in political science. Farris’ background has given him a unique prospective and real-life experience on some of the most pressing issues of our times.
Growing up in one of America’s most socially and politically active families has provided him with a front row seat, witnessing how policy is formulated and implemented.
Farris has met and dialogued with countless heads of state, CEOs, religious leaders, academic leaders, and grass roots activists. In addition, he has participated in debates and commentaries for print, radio and television media outlets including CNN, USA Today and WSB radio.
In 1986 he was campaign manager for Martin Luther King III in his successful bid to become a Fulton