Happy Birthday, Coretta Scott King!

One of my absolute favorite women in the world and one of the strongest role models was born today. King passed away in 2006, but there is no reason we should not still recognize her on this day.

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

After her husband’s assassination, King truly took the lead for the Civil Rights Movement and broadened the focus to tackle women’s rights and LGBT rights, as well.

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

She worked with a big heart, quick words, and an undeniable strength.

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.

By the time of her death in 2006, she had an astounding number of accomplishments credited to her name. She is not remembered as the wife of a great man, but she is remembered as a King. Her dream was clear, and loud, and resonates with us today.

Coretta Scott, happy birthday, and may you rest in peace.

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