Coretta Scott King
She lived from April 27, 1927 to January 30, 2006. She was an American civil rights leader and the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. She worked side-by-side with her husband, taking part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 and helping to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act. She traveled throughout the world speaking out on behalf of racial and economic justice, women's and children's rights, gay and lesbian dignity, the needs of the poor and homeless, nuclear disarmament and religious freedom. In 1969, she wrote her memoir My Life with Marthin Luther King, Jr..
In 1968, she founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change ("The King Center"). The King Center has as objective to spread the spirit of the principles of nonviolence throughout America's culture. They believe, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did, that poverty, injustice and war must be rendered obsolete. She served as the center's president until 1995, when she passed the reigns to her son Dexter. In 2003, her other son Martin Luther King, III took over the leadership.
In 2005, she met with Barack Obama and told him that when she was feeling burdened by the stress and strain that had been placed on the family as a consequence of the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights Movement, her husband gave her the following advice:
Her son Dexter Scott King was vegan and during a 1995 interview with the Vegetarian Times, he mentioned that his mother had become vegan too.
In an article about vegetarianism with Ebony in July, 2003 Coretta Scott King said:
She was also a very vocal supporter of gay rights. In a 2000 talk at the opening plenary session of the 13th annual Creating Change conference, she said:
Quotes are from the 2006 Barack Obama Senate Floor Speech honoring the life of Coretta Scott King, an interview with Dexter Scott King in the October 1995 issue of Vegetarian Times, an article about vegetarianism in the July issue of Ebony, her 2000 talk at the opening plenary session of the 13th annual Creating Change Conference, organized by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
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