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
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