A horse drawn carriage carrying King’s casket wound through the streets of Atlanta. It’s final stop was the Capitol building. The casket was escorted to the Capitol by a Honor Guard and the Governor and his wife. King becomes the first woman and the first African American to have this honor.
Thousands lined up on Saturday to take their last glimpse of the woman known as the First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement. An estimated 42,000 paid their last respects. Churches throughout America held special services this weekend as well.
Like Rosa Parks, who passed away in October 2005, King was loved by the whole nation. She carried herself with such dignity despite living with hatred, death threats, and the assassination of her husband. She could have sought solace in privacy and no one would have blamed her for it. Instead, she carried the torch her husband handed off to her. She guarded his legacy and made sure that people did not give up after her husband’s death. She fought to have a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. She gave a voice to woman’s movement and spoke against apartheid in South Africa. She was well respected and revered by all.
Many are now too young to remember what has been fought for and won. There is still long way to go towards equality in America and we must make sure the next generation has a better life than the previous one. We need more people like Coretta Scott King to lead the way.
[Photo courtesy of that Library of Congress]