Left: Coretta Scott King in 2004, courtesy of jsonlie.com
(Toledo, OH) It was with sadness that I read of the death of Coretta Scott King, the widow of the late Dr. Martin Luther King. She was a woman of poise, strength, and courage whose quiet demeanor and resolute passion for civil rights made her, in many ways, the equal of her more famous husband.
After suffering a stroke last August, Mrs. King had been quite ill in recent months. In her few public appearances in the last year she did not speak and was using a wheelchair.
Dan Bartlett, counselor to the president, told reporters this morning that "President Bush and first lady Laura Bush were always heartened by their meetings with Mrs. King. What an inspiration to millions of people. I'm deeply saddened by today's news."
The world was made a better place by the life of Coretta Scott King, and she will be sorely missed.