January 31, 2006

Coretta Scott King Has Passed Away

by @ 11:43 am. Filed under Rest in Peace

Just a little over 2 weeks ago I mentioned here that she was starting to show signs of recovering from a stroke. But I guess it was her time to go. She apparently died in her sleep, given her daughter Bernice King was unable to wake her this morning.

Needless to say, there is massive media coverage, as their should be for the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. and of course she performed plenty of work herself. Living here in Atlanta we are hearing from plenty of people that knew her well.

One important thing that should be mentioned, is that while it is true there is disagreement in the King family about how to handle the affairs of the King Center, they love each other very much. It is a disagreement of opinion, but not a family feud.

Coretta Scott King (aka Mother King) was the main driving force behind Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday becoming a national holiday. Proving that she had the ability to influence the nation even after her husband’s passing.

Here are some of the media reports about her passing:

What those reports don’t mention, is that she successfully raised 4 children as a single mother, while many parents have trouble raising one child today. I think that’s just a sad example of how times have changed. Despite any disagreements I may have had with some of her views she was a strong woman. I would see her from time to time at a church I used to attend. She was not an “Easter Sunday only” kind of Christian. She tried her best to do what she felt the Lord wanted her to do till her death. And everyone should respect her for that. Regardless of whether you agreed with her views or not.

Lastly I must mention, there are plenty of people saying things like “she’s seeing Martin now”. But to be theologically accurate, she like Martin awaits the last trumpet. Paul best described this in the following verses.

1 Corinthians 15:50-58

50) Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
51) Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed?
52) in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54) So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ?Death is swallowed up in victory.?
55) ? O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory??

56) The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

I pray she rest in peace with the Lord.

La Shawn Barber is doing a roundup of blog coverage.

3 Responses to “Coretta Scott King Has Passed Away”

  1. La Shawn Barber's Corner Says:

    Coretta Scott King, 1927-2006

    Martin Luther King’s legacy has taken on mythic status. Both Democrats and Republicans claim him as their own, trying to “out-King” each other every year on his birthday.
    Then there are the detractors who insist that King’s l…

  2. Tel-Chai Nation Says:

    Coretta Scott King, 1927-2006

    Coretta King, the widow of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, passed away on January 31 at age 78.

  3. Independent Conservative Says:

    Coretta Scott King’s Mexican Hospice has Been Shut Down

    USAToday’s blog is covering the news from various sources.

    Coretta Scott King’s hospital shut

    A Mexican state has shut down the alternative medicine hospital where Coretta Scott King died earlier this, the Atlanta Journal-Constitut…

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