An A. D. King Foundation Production – www.adkingfoundation.com
Naomi Barber King leads a life of grace and compassion in a world where unsung heroines go unnoticed by many, while touching lives and changing hearts in the highways and byways of communities in need of love. Born on November 17, 1931 to a single mother, Bessie Barber Bailey, Naomi was raised as “an only child” in a sheltered and protected environment. Naomi’s mother was a domestic worker who gave her daughter the best in nurture, clothing, education and spiritual development. Naomi was educated in Atlanta public schools. She was a notable student, winning awards for writing and music. She was active in church and community projects, and was popular and respected by her peers. he also worked part time as a print and runway model. Naomi attended Spelman College in Atlanta for one year prior to her marriage to A. D. Williams King, Sr., youngest son of Martin Luther, Sr. and Alberta King. She later attended the University of Alabama where she studied interior design.
During their marriage, A. D. accepted “the call” to ministry, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Rev. A. D. Williams, his father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., and his brother, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As the wife of a prominent minister, who promptly joined his brother in the Civil Rights Struggle, Naomi blossomed as a mother of five. She advanced in her ministry as first lady of the prominent churches, Mt. Vernon First Baptist in Newnan, GA; First Baptist Ensley, Birmingham, ALA, Zion Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, and Ebenezer Baptists Church in Atlanta, GA, where her husband ministered during his lifetime.
“First Lady,” as Naomi was affectionately called by the faithful flocks, assisted her husband, Dr. Alfred Daniel Williams King “first and foremost by helping to raise our children.” Her mastery of the social graces cause this trend setter to be remembered and sought after for her cooking, A-1 hostess presentations, and event planning. Along with being the anchor in the home while her husband “risked his life to fight for the freedom of the oppressed,” Naomi also sang at concerts to raise funds for the “Movement,” served as a “Women’s Day Speaker” at churches to which she was invited, and organized “teas and prayer circle activities” which helped to stabilize the communities. A. D. and “Neenie” shared a life of trials and triumphs, which she fondly remembers as “a love story.” Dr. A. D. King was a “victim of the racism of the times. Working closely with his brother, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, A. D.’s home and church were bombed, and he experienced many death threats. His death remains an unsolved mystery.” Naomi King is currently a consulting producer for a theatrical documentary and feature film regarding the life and legacy of her heroic husband.
Her professional accomplishments include Citizens Trust Bank, Bank of Louisville, interior decorating and design, managing the King Center gift shop, and serving as a “devoted and privileged traveling companion to my sister-in-law, Mrs. Coretta Scott King.” Mrs. King holds awards and special recognition, such as recipient of the S. C. L. C. Rosa Parks Award, King for America Truth Finder Award, featured in the AARP documentary “Voices of Civil Rights, and holds memberships in NAACP, SCLC, Priests for Life, Women of SCLC, SCLC Women, and American Bridge Association. She is a recognized author and is noted for her devotion to her God, her family and her church.
Mrs. King is the mother of Dr. Alveda King, Alfred King (deceased), Rev. Derek King, Darlene King (deceased), and Rev. Vernon King. She is currently grandmother of 16 (5 deceased); and great grandmother of 6. She is a lifelong member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. “I love the Lord with all of my heart, soul, body and mind – when troubles rise, I hasten to His throne where I find safety and peace in His loving arms! Amen and Amen.”
EARTHA SIMS has an extensive commitment and involvement with Gospel, Jazz, and R&B music recordings, and performances, including concert stages andcabarets nationally and internationally. She is a gifted Actress & Vocalist, Assistant Manager and Artist USO and European Tours, Manager/Director/Playwright/Lyricist/Instructor, Founder & First President of Alpha Gamma Omicron Theatre HonorSociety, APO, and Event Planner.
Eartha was born in Atlanta, Georgia to a musically literate AWARD WINNING and PERFORMING family, AND SINCE THE AGE OF FIVE HAS RECORDED AND PERFORMED ON STAGE WITH GREATS LIKE AL GREEN, ISAAC HAYES, THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH MR. ROBERT SHAW, THE S.O.S. BAND, ARISTA RECORDS, MOTOWN AND MANY OTHERS. She attended the internationally known Spelman College as a Vocal Music major and graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in Theatre Performance Studies and Musical Theatre.
EARTHA’S TRAINING FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN SPELMAN COLLEGE GLEE CLUB AND KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY INTENSIFIED HER ARTISTRY IN PERFORMANCES SUCH AS DUKE ELLINGTON’S SOPHISTICATED LADIES AND MANY MORE MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCES.EARTHA SIMS HAS CHOREOGRAPHED, performed, and co-managed THE EURO-SUPREMES, THE SOUND OF THE SUPREMES, AND THE DIVAS OF MOTOWN FOR TEN YEARS TRAVELING EUROPE AND ASIA. AFTER RECEIVING HER B.A. IN Theatre Performance Studies and MUSICAL THEATRE, SHE IS NOW PRODUCING PLAYS and Independent Short Films LOCALLY IN THE ATLANTA AREA.