Tuesday, February 07, 2006
RIP Coretta Scott King
In the years since that horrible April day in 1968, Coretta Scott King has born the mantle of the Civil Rights Movement....in fact, I learned today that the day AFTER Martin was killmed, Mrs. King went to Memphis and on the Saturday afer Martin's death, she participated in a march for equal pay for sanitation workers in Memphis. She wore the mantle with grace and dignity. Her calm demeanor kept the movement together during those turbulent timees. There were plenty of factions out there and there were, of course, the inevitable power struggles within the movement. I always believed it was Mrs King who kept the movement from splintering. I don't think her speeches ever soared to the rhetoical heights of Martin's, but in their own way they were effective.
Rest in Peace Mrs King....America is a better place because of you and Martin.