ATLANTA — A nephew of famed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will no longer lead the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which his uncle co-founded.
Isaac Farris Jr. will leave as president after less than a year. Farris didn’t attend a news conference where the announcement was made, and calls to him were not returned.
The SCLC’s chairman, the Rev. Bernard LaFayette Jr., said Farris was “no longer president.” He was vague about whether Farris was fired or quit, though the president’s role was hotly debated earlier this week at a national board meeting. LaFayette said it was possible Farris could return in another capacity.
Farris was the SCLC’s fifth president in eight years. C.T. Vivian has been named interim president, but he said he does not plan to hold the job permanently.
One of King’s daughters, the Rev. Bernice King, declined to take the president’s post in 2010 after the SCLC suffered a deep rift.
Obama, first lady to visit Fort Stewart
President Obama will be in Savannah next Friday.
A White House official speaking on background said the president will be accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama for a visit to Fort Stewart to greet troops, veterans and military families in Hinesville. No other details were available.
The president’s last visit to Georgia was to Atlanta last month to raise campaign funds at private events.
Soldiers based at Fort Stewart have played a leading role in U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His last visit to the Savannah area was in 2010.