As much respect and appreciation as I have for MLK, I’ve been pretty ignorant of his wife, Coretta Scott King, who died two nights ago.
NPR has done a nice job covering her accomplishments though, so explore the links here.
Especially, listen to her speeches. She has a beautiful voice (I thought the same thing after hearing recordings of Rosa Parks after her death just a few months ago), which belie the sometimes ugly struggles within her family regarding MLK’s legacy. She comes across as someone just as strong, focused, and wise as her husband. I guess I shouldn’t have expected any less, but sometimes I do.
Where are the true civil rights leaders of today? The fight is much different, but it’s still important, and we need more people with the grace and dignity of the Kings and Parks to get things done, not self-important spotlight hogs like Jesse Jackson & Marc Morial.
Sorry I didn’t give you your due when you were alive, Coretta.