Coretta Scott King honored here
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 11:35 p.m.
Beside every great man, there's a great woman.
That was the message delivered in remembrance of Coretta Scott King, the late wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Gainesville on Wednesday.
"It would be robbery not to recognize and commemorate her every time you do Martin," said Alachua County Commissioner Rodney Long, also president of the Gainesville-based Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida. "They were a duo. They were a partnership. Without Coretta, there would be no Martin."
King, who passed away nearly two years ago, was a noted civil rights leader who helped take the reins of the Civil Rights Movement in 1968 following her husband's assassination.
"Without her, (Martin's) dream would've stopped and ended on April 4, 1968," Long said in front of more than 150 people attending. "She single-handedly moved it forward."
Joanna Duncan spoke in tribute to King, who was a fellow Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority member.
Duncan made it known that King's tireless efforts in her time still resonate.
"The balancing act of being a mother, wife, activist and church leader is the legacy she leaves with us today," Duncan said.
Duncan doesn't believe Corretta Scott King's commitment to social change has been fully recognized, but she's prepared to do her part in getting the message out.
"My goal tonight was to help educate people, because I know a lot of people don't know exactly what she did," said Duncan, a student in the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communication. "A lot of people only know her as the wife of Martin Luther King. She was also a civil rights leader in her own right, before she met him and after she met him. She continued the dream after he died."
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