A sad hour

Not strictly an Atlanta related post, but Coretta Scott King died last night:

Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., has died.
The 78-year-old Mrs. King died in her sleep. Bernice King, one of her daughters, found her about 1 a.m., said former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, a family friend and former King aide.
“It seemed as though she was resting when she passed away. Bernice thought she had had a rather difficult day yesterday and felt like she needed her rest. It wasn’t until early this morning that she [Bernice] went to check on her and saw she had passed away.”

5 Comments so far

  1. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 12:05 pm


    A quotation in Maria Saporta’s big story in the AJC strongly implies that her funeral and burial will be in Atlanta.

    “It is very difficult for me right now,” said Christine King Farris, the sister-in-law of Coretta Scott King. “She was my sister.”

    Farris said the family is still sorting out details. Farris confirmed that Mrs. King died on the West Coast.

    “We will bring her back here,” Farris said.

  2. kendall (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

    bless her heart! (no pun intended)..
    My boyfriend just asked me, well what did she do? Besides being a wife and a mother? TO that I responded …that was enough. Who knows what Dr. King would have been able to accomplish if didn’t have the support of such a strong, courageous and gracious woman.

  3. Tony Mc (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

    Being a wife and a mother is enough. But also to be the wife of the greatest civil rights leader in the US and to not ruin his or her name afterwards was a giant accomplishment.

  4. justamention (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

    well, let’s not forget the little stunts during the Ralph David Abernathy III trial.


  5. ftp (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 8:17 pm

    Thank you, Justamention, for it seems that there are many who forget the “stunts” pulled by Mrs. King’s cronies, Abernathy III, Sharpton, Rep. Tyrone Brooks, et al, the many b.s. artists that never held reverence for the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    It is a deep shame.

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