27 Great Coretta Scott King Quotes

27 Great Coretta Scott King Quotes

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Coretta Scott King was a civil rights leader along with an author. She grew up in Alabama and when she moved to New England to go to school she met Martin Luther King Jr.. The two fell in love and got married and paved the way for the civil rights movement of the 60′s. She continued to attend civil rights events until her death in 2006.

“Because his task was not finished, I felt that I must re-dedicate myself to the completion of his work.”

“Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens.”

“Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”

“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.”

“Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and person hood.”

“I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.”

“I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence.
Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence.”

“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.”

“I support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 1994 because I believe that freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience.”

“If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.”

“I’m fulfilled in what I do… I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes — the finer things of life — would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.”

“In spite of Martin’s being away so much, he was wonderful with his children, and they adored him. When Daddy was home it was something special.”

“I’ve always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy.”

“Mama and Daddy King represent the best in manhood and womanhood, the best in a marriage, the kind of people we are trying to become.”

“Martin didn’t want me to buy these window curtains.”

“Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.”

“Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.”

“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.”

“The more visible signs of protest are gone, but I think there is a realization that the tactics of the late-60s are not sufficient to meet the challenges of the 70s.”

“The nation has lost a committed civil and human rights activist whose life and contributions have made a significant difference.”

“There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens.”

“We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle against bigotry and discrimination. I say ‘common struggle’ because I believe very strongly that all forms of bigotry and discrimination
are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking Americans everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination.”

“When Good Friday comes, these are the moments in life when we feel there’s no hope. But then, Easter comes.”

“When it’s just us, I can be myself and know you’ll love and understand me no matter what. You don’t want anything from me except my happiness.”

“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.”

“You are right that it is a hurtful, divisive symbol and I commend you for having the courage to tell it like it is at a time when too many other political leaders are equivocating on this issue.”

“You finally win a state of freedom that is protected forever. It doesn’t work that way.”