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Legislation #: 060153 Introduction Date: 2/2/2006
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Title: Recognizing Coretta Scott King.

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2/2/2006 Filed by the Clerk's office
2/2/2006 Adopted

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Recognizing Coretta Scott King.


WHEREAS, Coretta Scott King was in her own right a civil rights activist and champion for social justice. Her death marks the passing of a woman who embodied the best America can offer. As a child in Alabama, she walked five miles to and from her segregated grade school; she graduated as valedictorian from Lincoln High School and went on to earn degrees in music and education from Antioch College and to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she met a man working on his doctorate in theology at Boston University. They married in 1953 and later moved to Montgomery, Alabama , where Mrs. King raised four children as her husband preached at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; and


WHEREAS, Coretta Scott King was deeply involved in the civil rights movement, not merely married to a man active in it. Upon her husbands assassination in 1968, Coretta Scott King devoted herself to the movement for equality, economic justice, ecological sanity and most recently, the rights of gay Americans. She established the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, and made the center and its work her life; and


WHEREAS, Mrs. King was tireless in promoting a national holiday honoring her husband, and saw success in 1986. Mrs. King used what she called womens power to fight racism, war, and poverty. Simply put, Coretta Scott King was a brave, moral and dedicated woman who worked to make better the life of the world and the people within it; NOW, THEREFORE,




That the Mayor and Council hereby recognize and honor the righteousness of Coretta Scott Kings life and work, and mourn her death; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof with the profound sorrow of the Mayor, Council and citizens of Kansas City on the death of Coretta Scott King.