Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Thank You Mrs. King

Few American women were as powerful of a figure as that of the long suffering widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King. She never managed to tarnish her image such as the widow as John Kennedy seemed to with her controversial remarriage, and just her presense was enough to act as image for American guilt over the murder of her husband and support for the right and just values of equality for all.

Coretta Scott King was always a top notch intellectual, a very intelligent and dignified woman who any great American political leader or church head was grateful to know. American Presidents and religious leaders such as Rev. Robert Schuller were always pleased to stand on the same stage as her.

Her long history as an activist to advance social cause could not be ignored either. In 1948, she was a young student delegate to the 1948 Progressive Party convention that nominated Vice President Henry Wallace for President. She helped to urge her husband, Dr. King, to take a stand against the Vietnam War. She was a supporter for Aids funding and supported Gay Rights and their drive for equality as a legitimate civil rights issue.

Coretta Scoot King was a very great American woman. She was a great political leader as well. Just her presense was powerful enough to not only command great respect but to bring in a powerful endorsement for any cause that she stood with. It will be difficult to ever replace a figure of her greatness. Coretta Scott King was a great American progressive.


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