Behind every great man, there’s a great woman. In the case of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that woman was Coretta Scott King. On Monday (Jan. 17), as the nation celebrated MLK Day, Twitter users filled the social media platform with reminders of Coretta’s contributions to the fight for social justice and voting rights before and after her husband’s assassination.
“As you honor my father today, please remember and honor my mother as well,” she tweeted before listing one of her accomplishments. “She was the architect of the King Legacy and founder of @TheKingCenter, which she founded two months after Daddy was assassinated. Without #CorettaScottKing, there would be no #MLKDay.”
Other users eventually followed suit. “Today as we honor Dr. King’s words and legacy let us also honor the incredible legacy, wisdom and strength of Coretta Scott King who led the way and made this day of remembrance and the King Center a reality,” wrote political consultant Karen Finney. “And she was front and center in the fight for voting rights & justice.”
“It’s…important to remember the role Coretta Scott King played in shaping MLK’s political framework,” added journalist Clint Smith Hill. “Credit she’s not always given.”
Some people highlighted some of their favorite quotes from the activist.
“Although I have suffered the loss of two family members by assassination, I remain firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty … Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by legalized murder,” @sisterhelenprejean penned in a tweet.
“Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation,” DrCEOWave wrote.
Look below to see the tweets.
As you honor my father today, please remember and honor my mother, as well.
She was the architect of the King Legacy and founder of @TheKingCenter, which she founded two months after Daddy was assassinated.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 17, 2022
Today as we honor Dr. King’s words and legacy let us also honor the incredible legacy, wisdom and strength of Coretta Scott King who led the way and made this day of remembrance and the King Center a reality. And she was front and center in the fight for voting right & Justice. pic.twitter.com/Xqom2IEtNi
— Karen Finney (@finneyk) January 17, 2022
It’s also important to remember the role Coretta Scott King played in shaping MLK’s political framework. Credit she’s not always given.
“King learned about the power of utopian thinking from the woman who would become his wife.” — Victoria W. Wolcotthttps://t.co/Mf2rle8deM
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) January 17, 2022
“Although I have suffered the loss of two family members by assassination, I remain firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty … Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by legalized murder.” — Coretta Scott King #MLKDay pic.twitter.com/Todg7pgZ9f
— Sister Helen Prejean (@helenprejean) January 17, 2022
Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.
— Coretta Scott King 👑 pic.twitter.com/qLM6AjZO6B
— ShesQueen (@DrCEOWave) January 17, 2022
And there's Coretta Scott King, walking right up front with the men – in HEELS! – and never mentioned. https://t.co/4loLzMMmB7
— Marshey (@Marshey10) January 17, 2022
In the same vein of celebrating the change that grew from Dr. King’s fight for racial justice, we also celebrate Mrs. Coretta Scott King, who was a critical strategist in the movement and was responsible for cementing the MLK legacy into our nation’s fabric after his death. pic.twitter.com/LNaVnPapA7
— UMD CDIHE (@UMDcdihe) January 17, 2022
Mrs. Coretta Scott King urged passage of a national King holiday bill when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee & joint hearings of Congress. She directed her staff to begin intensive organizing & garnered more than 300,000 signatures on a petition. #DLEMLK pic.twitter.com/KzH5vozYTT
— doublelovenyc (@doublelovenyc) January 17, 2022
Coretta Scott King was an advocate for African-American equality and a leader for the civil rights movement in the 1960s. pic.twitter.com/fS2XgLo7PX
— unlearn. (@unlearn_com) January 15, 2022
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