Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Coretta Scott King 1927-2006
Coretta Scott King has passed.
A wife, a widow, a mother, a woman has died.
Many will laud her courage and use words like dignity, wisdom and grace.
Many will speak of her strength in the face of violence and oppression. Others will mention her dignity in the face of great loss…of murder so public yet so personal.
Yes, Coretta Scott King was all of that and more. The legacy of her life is both an inspiration and a challenge to us all.
This was the life of a black woman…so full of experiences and history, of family and friends, of laughter and tears.
A glorious black woman…with wisdom born from success and failure, pain and joy.
A magnificent black woman…with grace wrenched from the hands of oppression and denial.
A black woman…a daughter, mother, wife then widow. Her face has looked back at me my entire life…captured for all time in triumph, in sorrow, with hope, despair, joy and perseverance.
So beautiful….her head held high in defiance, with pride, with faith and yes with courage. Those shoulders burdened but not broken…that body full of strength that seemed to hold us all together, to take on so much and yet move forward so that we all could take those steps after each stumble...get up after each fall...continue to struggle year after year, denial after denial, incident after incident, victory upon victory.
Her legacy is now our inheritance.
Mother, sister and elder…you will be honored. You have left a footprint, a beautiful scar that stands as a testament to what we all can do, can endure, can triumph over, can embrace, can struggle against, can overcome…can be.
May you be blessed, Coretta Scott King.