Coretta Scott King Leaves Behind Legacy of the Everlasting Pursuit of
Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese made the
following statement on the passing of civil rights leader Coretta Scott
"Once in a lifetime God grants us with the ability to witness an
extraordinary life dedicated to justice. With Coretta Scott King and Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr., God smiled on us and fortunately granted us
two," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "When her
husband was killed, Mrs. King assumed her husband's role as the guiding
light that led the way toward a more equal nation. She performed that
role with enormous grace and strength, never relenting in the movement
for civil rights. She saw justice as a birthright and lent her voice as
a relentless advocate for all fair-minded Americans, gay or straight,
black or white. We join the nation in mourning the loss of a great hero
and give enormous gratitude for all that she's left behind."
Often speaking of the importance of civil rights for gay and lesbian
people, Coretta Scott King said in March of 1998, "I still hear people
say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay
people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. … But I
hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice
anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'" Mrs. King also supported a
federal bill prohibiting anti-gay discrimination.
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