Tributes to Coretta Scott King

“Rosalynn and I are saddened to learn of the death of Coretta Scott King. A partner with her husband as he fought for equality for his people, throughout her life Mrs. King has been a mainstay of the movement for nonviolent political change. She was a strong, caring and inspirational woman, whose legacy will be remembered for generations to come. Our prayers are with her family and friends in this time of grief.” -President Carter

“In our own struggle against apartheid in South Africa, Coretta and Dr Martin Luther King were at all times a towering presence, who through their experiences provided guidance, inspiration and, indeed, helped us to maintain the unshakeable belief that we, too, would overcome.” -South African President Thabo Mbeki

‘Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King awakened the conscience of a nation that began the journey toward equality, knocking down the walls of discrimination based on race, on religion, and on ethnicity. We have all benefited so much from their inspiration and their leadership.’ -Sen. Edward M. Kennedy

‘It’s a bleak morning for me and for many people and yet it’s a great morning because we have a chance to look at her and see what she did and who she was. It’s bleak because I can’t – many of us can’t hear her sweet voice – but it’s great because she did live, and she was ours. I mean African-Americans and white Americans and Asians, Spanish-speaking – she belonged to us and that’s a great thing.’ -Poet Maya Angelou

‘Mrs. King was a remarkable and courageous woman, and a great civil rights leader. She carried on the legacy of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including through her extraordinary work at the King Center. Mrs. King’s lasting contributions to freedom and equality have made America a better and more compassionate nation.’ -President Bush

“This woman must be looked up as one of these founding mothers of the new America.  She helped to liberate us all.” -Congressman Joe Lewis

“She was truly the first lady of the human rights movement. The only thing worse than losing her is if we never had her.” -Rev. Al Sharpton 

“She really was not just the wife of MLK, she was his full partner, and carried on that legacy after his death in a remarkable way,” -Senator Barak Abama

“Coretta Scott King’s death is a heartbreaking loss for America and for people of good will everywhere who shared her passion for equality and justice. She was an indomitable and inexhaustible force for good in a world that urgently needs it. She resisted every attempt to define some Americans out of the civil rights movement, and rejected every effort to exempt some Americans from the nation’s promise of equal justice under the law.” -People for the American Way President Ralph G. Neas

“The Courage In Your Eyes”
-song composed by Michael Bolton in  tribute to Coretta Scott King
(Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaks)
(Coretta Scott King Speaks)

Nobody ever warned you
Nobody could have ever known
The road that lay before you
The journey that would lead you home
How steep was the mountain
How long was the fight
In the face of something so wrong
Somebody had to make it right

(Chorus:)
The courage in your eyes
The wisdom in your smile
The strength within your heart
To walk the endless mile
The years have only shined upon your face
And showered you with dignity and grace
Like the way you live your life
And the light you’ve always shown
More than the world, more than the world
Has ever known

Through the night and the darkest hours
The promise and the faith you kept
Brought the fury and the danger
To your home where your children slept
You believed in a time for love
There’d never be a time for hate
What kind of woman keeps the dream alive
What kind of dream does a lifetime take

(Chorus:)
The courage in your eyes
The wisdom in your smile
The strength within your heart
To walk the endless mile
The years have only shined upon your face
Will shower you with dignity and grace
The way you’ve lived your life
And the light you’ve always shown
More than the world, more than this world
More than the world
Has ever known

To listen to the song click on http://office.boltonmusic.com/courage.asp