Today, Coretta Scott King, the "First Lady" of the civil rights movement, became the first woman, and the first African-American, to lie in honor in the Georgia Capitol Rotunda. Of course, it was an honor well deserved.
As I watched the coverage on t.v. today, I began to think that today, a circle was completed.
When Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated, he was denied the honor his wife received today. Segregationist Governor Lester Maddox refused to let Rev. King lie in honor, and he expressed his outrage over the lowering of state flags in honor of Rev. King.
But today, a circle was indeed completed, because it can very well be said that Coretta Scott King laid in honor today for both her and her husband. As she laid in honor today, so did Rev. King, because in many ways, Coretta Scott King continued her husband's legacy. Over the years, she continued to speak out and give a voice to the voiceless.
She championed the issues and the values that had been close not only to her heart, but her husband's as well.
So today, I simply say thank you to both Rev. & Mrs. King, for their faithful service. You completed your course. The circle is now complete.