With the loss of another great figure of the African American, Black, whatever community where do we stand as a community as a whole? Coretta Scott King is a sad thing but as we mourn this loss, we need to look to the future of Black civil rights! I am feeling like there are no concrete & cohesive voices out there for us like the days of yesteryear. When I look out there for national role models, the list is not that long, when you pull out some of the jokers, i.e. Al & Jesse, oh and kinda Louis (he is way to militant for me).
I am bitching but will tell you know I will not be the one carrying the flame, I am working on my & my family, but I do not mind following someone who leads be example, makes it happen despite hardship & road blocks blah, blah, blah. Though I do not consider the following to be leaders in a movement, I admire, Barack Obama, Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Cornel West, Dave Chappelle, Claire Huxtable (just kidding), Kweisi Mfume, & Maya Angelou to name an obvious few, so maybe we could take their DNA and produce a new mega leader.
I am not sure where I am going with this, because I need to go to bed, but I think anyone over 25 know what I am talking about. One last thought, births/pregnancies & deaths all come in 3’s so I am nervouse to see who is next from the Civil Rights Movement. What a way to kick off the year, Coretta is dead & the Super Bowl is in Detroit, who would have knew.
Coretta Scott King Notable Facts:
- Birth date- April 27, 1929 Marion, Alabama
- Graduated valedictorian from Lincoln High School & received a B.A. in music and education from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio
- Married MLK June 18, 1953
- Mother of 4 children: Yolanda Denise (1955), Martin Luther, III (1957), Dexter Scott (1961), & Bernice Albertine (1963)
- She served as a Women’s Strike for Peace delegate to the seventeen-nation Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Switzerland in 1962.
- Oversaw the first legal holiday in honor of MLK in 1986
- Presented Mrs. Evers-Williams with the NAACP Spingarn Medal in 1998
Coretta died at a holistic hospital in Mexico, where she had arrived just last week for treatment of advanced ovarian cancer. She was 78.