Local Leaders Remember Coretta Scott King

By: Jonathan Martin
By: Jonathan Martin

January 31, 2006
Coretta Scott King became a symbol in her own right of her husband’s struggle for peace. And from everyone News 12 spoke to who knew her, they say she did that in a quiet, yet stoic and forceful way.

A supportive lieutenant to her husband. A woman of courage and conviction.

“I remember being impressed with Mrs. King because she exuded strength during a time when I would expect any woman would be nervous and uncomfortable because her husband was obviously in danger,” said Shirley Lewis.

Coretta Scott King was by her husband’s side during his finest hours.

“I saw their first baby baptized and I think about her as a person who is ageless because I remember seeing her and I observed her over the years. It seems like she was always the same,” said Christine Miller Betts.

Leamon Greer remembers his college days in Atlanta and Augusta where he spoke with Dr. and Mrs. King.

“We had supper together with many other Augustans and some of them are long gone,” Greer said.

And even after her husband’s death shattered her world, she remained steadfast in creating a living memorial to Dr. King establishing the King Center and pushing for over a decade to have her husband’s birthday observed as a national holiday.

And like many others who survived the Civil Rights era, she lived with a special hope, challenging future generations to dream big.

“I just realized that a historic era has ended and now she becomes a memory,” Shirley Lewis said.

“I can imagine, I want to go to heaven. I can imagine that Martin would say what took you so long honey and dealing that they’re together now,” Greer said.


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