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Reverend Alfred Daniel King, Sr.

Also Known As: "AD", "Williams"
Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States
Death: July 21, 1969 (38)
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States (Accidental drowning)
Place of Burial: Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Reverend "Daddy" King and Alberta "Mama" King (Williams)
Husband of <private> King (Barber)
Father of <private> King; Vernon King; Alfred King, II; <private> King and Darlene King
Brother of <private> Farris (King) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Occupation: Baptist Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Managed by: Julie Scott Russell
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About Reverend A. D. Williams King, Sr

Alfred Daniel Williams King (July 30, 1930 – July 21, 1969), known as A. D. King, was the younger brother of Martin Luther King, Jr., the famed leader of the American civil-rights movement. Like his older brother, A. D. King was a Baptist minister and an activist for civil rights.

Alfred King was born July 30, 1930, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a son of Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr., and Alberta Williams King, the youngest of their three children (the other two being Willie Christine, born September 11, 1927, and Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929). In contrast to his peacemaking brother, Martin, A. D.—according to his father—was “a little rough at times” and “let his toughness build a reputation throughout our neighborhood” (King, Sr., 126). Less interested in academics than his siblings, A. D. started a family of his own while still a teenager. He was married on June 17, 1950, to Naomi Ruth Barber (born 1932), with whom he had five children: Alveda, Alfred II (d), Derek I, Darlene (d), and Vernon (1960-2009).

Although as a youth A. D. had strongly resisted his father’s ministerial urgings, he eventually began assisting his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church. In 1959, A. D. King graduated from Morehouse College. The same year, he left Ebenezer Baptist to become pastor of Mount Vernon First Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia.


Social Reformer. A Civil rights activist, minister, and younger brother of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he is credited with organizing the Birmingham and Louisville civil rights activities. His home was bombed when he and his family lived in Birmingham, Alabama and a church he pastored while he and his family lived in Louisville, Kentucky was also bombed during the heat of the struggle. During his ministry A.D. King pastored four churches, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia, First Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Zion Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was Co-Pastor with his father Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. until his untimely death. One of his favorite sermons was "Peace Be Still," where he marveled at the peace and calmness of Christ in the midst of the storm. While as Co-Pastor at Ebenezer, he was known and loved for his work with the youth and children's ministries and he is credited with initiating the church's television ministry. In July of 1969 he was found drowned in the swimming pool of an Atlanta motel. Investigators ruled there was no evidence of foul play in his death. (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46552524" target="_blank Curtis Jackson)] Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Feb 05, 2001

Find A Grave Memorial# 20126

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Reverend A. D. Williams King, Sr's Timeline

July 30, 1930
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States
Age 29
July 21, 1969
Age 38
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States
Age 38
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States