Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Farewell, Mrs. King

The widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, who kept her husband's memory and mission in front of the American people, has passed away.


At 1/31/2006 12:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few important quotes from Coretta Scott King:

"I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others."
-remarks, press conference on the introduction of ENDA, Washington, DC, June 23, 1994.

"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 brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people,"
- Reuters, March 31, 1998.

"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."
- Chicago Defender, April 1, 1998, front page.

"Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination."
- Coretta Scott King, remarks, Atlanta, Georgia, November 9, 2000.

At 1/31/2006 01:11:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

Just goes to show you, nobody's perfect. A large number of leaders who marched with King disagree with his wife on the above wrt gay rights.

My prayers are with the King family. MLK Jr. was certainly a great man and the passing of his wife is certainly a moment to ponder.

At 1/31/2006 05:12:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Her own DAUGHTER, the Rev. Bernice King, a classmate of mine at Emory, disagrees.

At 1/31/2006 06:35:00 PM, Blogger Elle said...

I am consoled by the image of her with Dr. King again. Almost 38 years... it must be a glorious reunion and a well-deserved rest.
She will be missed.


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