Martin Luther King Jr. was brilliant. His actions allowed him to capture audiences and move even the hardest of hearts. He sat in rooms with his enemies and shared his passion in a way that caused his hearers to never doubt that he was still for his people.
His words, prolific yet prophetic, told of days that would follow his death and days that we’ve seen but not fully obtained.
While his actions captured us all, they also captured the heart and dedication of a woman who wore an invisible crown as she sat patiently in the background as his backbone.
All great leaders like him should have one.
Coretta Scott King was quiet and even more poised than her husband. She was his rock, willing to share him with a world that did not want to change – she opened her arms and shared him. She extended her home to scrutiny and barbaric attacks on their family’s sanctity and yet she was always poised. It proved her strength.
An educated prolific woman herself, she warned him of the plots against him and knew all too well his enemies’ desire to take who she loved.
She loved him strong.
“This holiday honors the courage of a man who endured harassment, threats and beatings, and even bombings. We commemorate the man who went to jail 29 times to achieve freedom for others, and who knew he would pay the ultimate price for his leadership, but kept on marching and protesting and organizing anyway.”
These words describing her husband’s tenacity, are enough to make any wife say enough is enough. She still walked along side him. She still focused her heart towards his vision, no, excuse me, their vision. And even after his death, she fought for this holiday.
She would not just let her husband’s legacy be a lesson in a history book, but told America ‘you will commemorate this man.’
She saw it all!
She knew his pains behind the camera.
She answered those calls and she was what he needed.
So, today as we celebrate MLK day, I’d like to say thank you to Coretta Scott King for advocating for this day where we come together to care for our homeless. To beautify our communities and have conversations others think should not happen. Conversations about the work and legacy of Dr. King and how far we still have to go to see his dream come true.