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Coretta Scott King (1927 - 2006)

In celebrating her life, here are a few quotations taken from the words of Coretta Scott King, civil rights leader...

A Few Quotes from Coretta Scott King (1927 - 2006)

Every King holiday has been a national "teach-in" on the values of nonviolence, including unconditional love, tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation, which are so desperately needed to unify America. It is a day of intensive education and training in Martin’s philosophy and methods of nonviolent social change and conflict-reconciliation. The Holiday provides a unique opportunity to teach young people to fight evil, not people, to get in the habit of asking themselves, "what is the most loving way I can resolve this conflict?"
The Meaning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, 2004

I urge every one of you to become involved in nonviolent movements to rectify injustices in this country and around the world… [Let] us reaffirm our opposition to all forms of discrimination, bigotry, and prejudice, including that which is directed against Muslim and Arab people. There are extremists and fanatics who claim to be members of every religion. Terrorists do not represent the overwhelming majority of Muslims and Arab people who are good and decent human beings.
– Southern University of Illinois Carbondale, November 2001

Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination.
– Atlanta, GA, NGLTF Conference, November 9, 2000

I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice . . . But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” . . . I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.
– 25th anniversary luncheon for Lambda Defense and Education Fund, March 31, 1998

If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.
– The Plain Dealer, Ohio, 1995

Vietnam has been replaced by an undeclared war in our central cities . . . fought by gangs with guns over drugs.
– Chicago Tribune, April 5, 1993

Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.
– Tulsa, OK, Challenging Racism conference, 1991

Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won - you earn it and win it in every generation.
– Unknown Source

Quotations compiled by Derrick Kikuchi,


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