America Remembers Civil Rights Leader - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/7/06

America Remembers Civil Rights Leader

Coretta Scott King Coretta Scott King

From the president and the powerful, to the poor and powerless one ceremony brought thousands together. It was to remember the life and legacy of Coretta Scott King wife of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King.

Services for Coretta King were held Tuesday outside Atlanta. President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush were among the dignitaries. President Bush spoke and said that millions of children live a better life because Coretta and Martin Luther King Jr. didn't back down in the face of threats.

"Having loved a leader, she became a leader and when she spoke America listened closely because her voice carried the wisdom and goodness of a life well lived," said President Bush.

On this historic day, Coretta Scott King was remembered in Lubbock as well. Former City Councilman T.J. Patterson described Coretta Scott King as a woman who stood for something all Americans should be proud of.

"Like she told people years ago, she didn't really marry a man, Dr. King, she married a vision, concern about the future of all of god's children white, black, brown or what have you," said Patterson.

Also, flags at Federal buildings across the country were lowered in King's memory. The order came from President Bush on Monday and Governor Rick Perry encouraged municipalities and citizens to do the same. The order is in effect until sunset.

Mrs. King will be buried next to her husband at the King Center in Atlanta which she founded in his memory.

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