Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Coretta Scott King

It is with great sadness that I note the passing of Coretta Scott King, widow of slain Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

In an Associated Press article posted less than an hour ago by Errin Haines, we read: "Coretta Scott King, who worked to keep her husband's dream alive with a chin-held-high grace and serenity that made her a powerful symbol of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s creed of brotherhood and nonviolence, died Tuesday. She was 78.

Her death led to tributes to King across Atlanta, including a moment of silence in the Georgia Capitol and piles of flowers placed at the tomb of her slain husband. Flags at the King Center — the institute devoted to the civil rights leader's legacy — were lowered to half-staff."

NPR's Kathy Lohr explained: "After her husband's assassination in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, she continued his work for social justice and devoted her life to his legacy, establishing the King Center in Atlanta and working for decades for a federal holiday in his honor. King became a symbol, in her own right, of her husband's struggle for peace and brotherhood, presiding with a quiet, steady, stoic presence over seminars and conferences on global issues."

Our sincere sympathy and prayers are extended to the King family during this difficult time.
Myrt :)
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