She was extraordinary.
Today we mourn the passing of Coretta Scott King and pay tribute to a woman who was a living example of what it means to live life far beyond oneself.
I went to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Spelman College is part of Atlanta University, as is Morehosue College. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a graduate of Morehouse College.
We, the students of Spelman and Morehouse College, had the privilege of listening to Coretta Scott King often. She addressed the student body regularly.
I took that for granted. Many of us did.
Last night I was thinking about the kinds of things that you think about when someone who contributed to so many, dies. I thought –
We could take Coretta Scott King and others like her for granted because our lives were no longer at stake or in jeopardy –
because of what they had gone before us and done.
During the Civil Rights Movement, people put their lives on the line so that we could live — free. Young people like we were, risked their safety and well being for a cause that was bigger than their lifetime.
Later, people fought courageously, putting their lives on the line in protest of the Viet Nam war.
I know that I have taken courage and sacrifice for granted.
I wonder, as I observe the way that we live today — what we produce, what choices we make, what we are willing to turn our backs on –
I wonder about where that kind of selfless courage comes from. Are some people just born with it or is the flame just waiting to be ignited? In the space that is now left empty, I wonder who will emerge to fill those shoes and go beyond. I wonder about the legacy that we will leave behind.
I just wonder…