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
I pray she rest in peace with the Lord.
La Shawn Barber is doing a roundup of blog coverage.
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