Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Birthday!

"Coretta Scott King – When Scott King died in 2006, America lost a powerful voice for black civil rights, but also GLBT and women’s rights. She campaigned on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment and sat on the board of the National Organization for Women (NOW) [-a feminist organization built as a result of many events, one of which was the treatment of black women put their lives on the line but were not allowed to speak at The March On Washington] Scott King was a champion for equality who understood how oppressions intersect:

'Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.' ”


I can't believe Coretta Scott King was gone for nearly a decade before I knew just how strongly she stood up for women's rights. I knew she carried on in her husband's place after he died. And I knew she was brave: In 1985,
she and some of her children were arrested for protesting against apartheid. But I didn't know that she stood up for women's rights in a way her husband never did.

Not only was she on the board of N.O.W. but she showed up and spoke out of women's rights and LGBT rights. She showed up "Christian Feminist Mother" C. Delores Tucker's National Political Congress of Black Women Annual Brunch every year. And before she left us, she put her stamp of approval on a book or two on Black Women's History.

This is what she had to say about a book on the The Montgomery Bus Boycott, the mass protest that led her husband into the national spotlight for the first time.

Regarding:  Jo Ann Gibson Robinson's Memoir, "The Montgomery Bus Boycott And The Women Who Started It"

"This valuable first-hand account of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott, written by an important, behind-the-scenes organizer, evokes the emotional intensity of the civil rights struggle. It ought to be required reading for all Americans who value their freedom and the contribution of black women to our history."

--Coretta Scott King