Remembering Coretta Scott King

Nov 17, 2012 Full story: Daily Mountain Eagle 10

"Love, truth, and the courage to do what is right should be our own guideposts on this lifelong journey." Coretta Scott King In the1962 movie, "To Kill a Mockingbird," 10-year-old Birmingham native Mary Badham charmed her way into the hearts of millions with her wonderfully genuine portrayal of Scout Finch.

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Since: Jun 11

AOL

#1 Nov 18, 2012
A great author and activist for human rights, whose achievements are often overshadowed by those of her husband.

Coretta Scott King:
"I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice... But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King, Jr., said,'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere'... I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people."

"We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny... I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be," she said, quoting from her husband. "I've always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy."

"Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Georgia, and St. Augustine, Florida, and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions."

"We have to launch a campaign against homophobia in the black community."

"Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group."

Since: Feb 11

Temecula, CA

#2 Nov 18, 2012
We have a TWO TERM champion of civil rights now occupying the Oval Office.

Freedom, Liberty and Equality for women, blacks, hispanics, gays and the poor - came out the winner on November 6.

“Play at your own risk !!!!”

Since: Oct 08

Cleveland, Ohio

#3 Nov 18, 2012
GOD bless Coretta.
BlackManLoveBlax icanWomen

Houston, TX

#4 Nov 18, 2012
She looks Blaxican, I like her!
bratton miller

United States

#5 Nov 21, 2012
what exactly she accomplish? a lifetime as a TAKER?? Blacks are done, its all about the beaners now

Since: Jun 11

AOL

#6 Nov 21, 2012
"Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927 January 30, 2006) was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader. The widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

Mrs. King's most prominent role may have been in the years after her husband's 1968 assassination when she took on the leadership of the struggle for racial equality herself and became active in the Women's Movement.

Coretta Scott King played an extremely important role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Martin wrote of her that, "I am indebted to my wife Coretta, without whose love, sacrifices, and loyalty neither life nor work would bring fulfillment. She has given me words of consolation when I needed them and a well-ordered home where Christian love is a reality."

Coretta Scott King took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and took an active role in advocating for civil rights legislation. Most prominently, perhaps, she worked hard to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Not long after her husband's assassination in 1968, Coretta approached the African-American entertainer and activist Josephine Baker to take her husband's place as leader of The Civil Rights Movement. After many days of thinking it over Baker declined, stating that her twelve adopted children (known as the "rainbow tribe") were "...too young to lose their mother".[7] Shortly after that Mrs. King decided to take the helm of the movement herself.

Coretta Scott King broadened her focus to include women's rights, LGBT rights, economic issues, world peace, and various other causes. As early as December 1968, she called for women to "unite and form a solid block of women power to fight the three great evils of racism, poverty and war", during a Solidarity Day speech.[8]

As leader of the movement, Mrs. King founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. She served as the center's president and CEO from its inception until she passed the reins of leadership to son Dexter Scott King.

She published her memoirs, My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1969.

Coretta Scott King was also under surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1968 until 1972. Her husband's activities had been monitored during his lifetime. Documents obtained by a Houston, Texas television station show that the FBI worried that Coretta Scott King would "tie the anti-Vietnam movement to the civil rights movement."[9] A spokesman for the King family said that they were aware of the surveillance, but had not realized how extensive it was." (wiki)

“just having fun”

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#7 Nov 27, 2012
Is Whitney Houston still sober?
sweetcocoa

United States

#8 Nov 28, 2012
Truly a strong Black Woman.

“just having fun”

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#9 Nov 29, 2012
If she was strong, she would have whipped Martin's ass when she caught him screwing around with other women. But I forgot, that's just typical black behaviour. They all accept it since it keeps more babies coming.

She gone now. Lets have some malt liquor.
sweetcocoa

Antioch, CA

#10 Nov 29, 2012
guyhavingfun2 wrote:
If she was strong, she would have whipped Martin's ass when she caught him screwing around with other women. But I forgot, that's just typical black behaviour. They all accept it since it keeps more babies coming.
She gone now. Lets have some malt liquor.
Wow. She was strong

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