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Coretta Scott King: 1927-2006  print page

by: Rep. Deshotel, Joe
01/31/2006

Today America is mourning the death of the "First Lady of Civil Rights Movement," Coretta Scott King. She was truly an American icon. After the death of her husband she worked to keep her husbandís dream alive and did so with grace and serenity that made her a powerful symbol of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.ís creed of brotherhood and nonviolence.


"She was the driving force behind the American Civil Rights movement," Representative Deshotel said.


Immediately after her husband's death, she founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, eventually locating it in the neighborhood where he grew up. She spoke out on behalf of racial and economic justice, women's and children's rights, gay and lesbian dignity, religious freedom, the needs of the poor and homeless, full employment, health care, educational opportunities, nuclear disarmament and ecological sanity. She also worked for more than 15 years to get her husband's birthday established as a national holiday. Celebrated on the third Monday in January, King Day is the only national holiday honoring an individual American.


"Americans have lost a true icon and she will be sincerely missed," said Representative Deshotel, Tuesday.


Mrs. King, 78, suffered a stroke and a mild heart attack last August. As part of her rehabilitation, she was receiving further medical treatment at Rosarito Beach, Mexico. Funeral arrangements will be announced once plans are finalized.


Contact: Representative Deshotel: James Cade (512) 463-0662

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