Coretta Scott King

01-31-2006

I note today the passing of Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In many ways, Mrs. King was an important leader of the civil rights movement in her own right. She was one of the many individuals who carried Dr. King’s legacy forward after his assassination in 1968, her quiet dignity and moral authority a powerful force in helping to bring our society closer to Dr. King’s dream.

With the loss of yet another pioneer of the civil rights movement, we are reminded that there is still work to be done, and that others must pick up the torch in order to see that work through. I encourage everyone to reflect on how each of us might be best able to do that, as we join the King family and the nation in celebrating the life and mourning the loss of this remarkable woman.

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