Sun 2/14  – Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)

“Coretta Scott King was one of the most influential women leaders in our world. Prepared by her family, education, and personality for a life committed to social justice and peace, she entered the world stage in 1955 as wife of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and as a leading participant in the American Civil Rights Movement. Her remarkable partnership with Dr. King resulted not only in four children, who became dedicated to carrying forward their parent’s work, but also in a life devoted to the highest values of human dignity in service to social change.

Mrs. King traveled throughout the world speaking out on behalf of racial and economic justice, women’s and children’s rights, gay and lesbian dignity, religious freedom, the needs of the poor and homeless, full-employment, health care, educational opportunities, nuclear disarmament and environmental justice. She lent her support to pro-democracy movements world-wide and consulted with many world leaders, including Corazon Aquino, Kenneth Kaunda, and Nelson Mandela.”

Quote:
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members … a heart of grace and a soul generated by love.”

Consider:
What might you do in service to social change? May we remember and live out Coretta Scott King’s noticings –  a community with a heart of grace and soul generated by love.

[illustration by Kadir Nelson, excerpt from The King Center]

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 1 in our community lenten reader.