Del Williams


Coretta Scott King: A Woman of Grace and Substance

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When the world lost Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, blacks wondered if there would be anyone to take up their plight. That person was Coretta Scott King. She continued her husband's legacy while raising four children. They are the reflection of their parents; advocates of peace and social justice. Unlike some slain civil rights children, they have done well. They did not answer with violence when others thought they should have.

This is a credit to both Kings. Coretta was the force that believed her husband's message even when he was jailed for it, and falsely accused, and ultimately, killed for it.

Through the years she has been a force to deal with in her own right. She realized she was carrying on her husband's work, but at some point it became her work. The world has been blessed by her fortitude and grace.

In 1969 She established the Martin Luther King Center which helps promote nonviolence, education, employment, and social justice. Her work included all cultures, not just the African American audience it originated with. King was a noted advocate for gay rights, Asians, Mexicans, and other minority groups. There seemed to be a keen insight into the future fights for democracy that she was able to capture.

Her style was graceful and wise, so people listened to her. There did not seem to be an agenda to improve her finances and power level, but to improve the rights of all people. This took her around the world. Her reach was equal to or surpassed that of her husband, yet quiet and strong.
She lived by the words she spoke, “Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.”

She did not go after money or fame like too many who go off the path with the taste of power on their lips. She said, "I'm fulfilled in what I do... I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes -- the finer things of life -- would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense."

Mrs. King will be missed. The world has been enriched by her life and her work. Now, the question is who will continue her legacy?

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil. Elie Wiesel
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