Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., dead at age 78. She'd suffered a stroke and heart attack in August. Her daughter was unable to wake her early this morning at a holistic center in Mexico. The Associated Press wrote that she "turned a life shattered by her husbands assassination into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality."
Born and raised in Marion, Ala, high school valedictorian, graduate of Antioch College and the New England Conservatory of Music, committed to mothering and the movement, she was far more than the wife of the Rev. King, writes Facing South:
although she worked tirelessly to ensure his legacy was remembered, including battling the unconstructed Southerners like Trent Lott, who opposed the King holiday.
She was an activist in her own right -- and she didn't shy away from the "wedge" issues that the right tries to divide people over.
The blog, from the Institute for Southern Studies in Durham, N.C., writes how she spoke out for gay rights, and quotes a post from Pam Spaulding, who notes the passing of Mrs. King by quoting from her 2000 speech at an Atlanta conference organized by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination.
Coretta Scott King spoke out against the death penalty, saying As one whose husband and mother-in-law have died the victims of murder assassination, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses. An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation. Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by a legalized murder.
Resist media's blog simply posts the elegant photo above and the quotation:
The value of life in our cities has become as cheap as the price of a gun.
"All of our civil rights leaders are dying," writes this LiveJournal blogger. "I don't know if this is a time to rejoice that we are past the era when civil rights were so grossly defied, or to mourn the death of a movement that has not come to its goal. I just want to snuggle on a couch and watch A Patch of Blue and possibly cry for the past or the present."
And from Popfiendish, finally:
Remember the dream.