I've always wondered if Coretta Scott King remained the grieving widow because of public pressure. Were we, and our need for symbolism, the reason she stayed looking basically the same since her husband's tragic death? Did she want something different with her life in the 80s, 90s? Did she want a career unrelated to her image like Jackie O with publishing? Maybe with her music, which I hear she was very good at. Did she want to get married again? Did she want to change her looks (Oprah tried with her)? I wonder if she felt a duty to remain the symbol of the lost hero and the guardian of our memory of him.
Bless her heart. How many times did she wish she had a husband that didn't have a calling? How many nights did she wish for a husband who came home at 6:30 every night and spent his Saturdays cleaning the grill in the backyard? He was meant for more than that and so was she.
I certainly hope President Bush gives her a shout out during the SOTU tonight.
Here are some shoutouts from all over the web:
Pacific News Service: Coretta Was More Than Just King's Wife
The Wilmington Journal: Coretta Scott King Shared and Continued Dr. King's Dream
La Shawn Barber's Corner: Coretta Scott King, 1927-2006
RAGGED THOTS: King For A Day, Queen For A Time
MSNBC: Coretta Scott King, guardian of a legacy
WAPO: First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement Remembered
Dell Gines: The Death of a Queen: RIP Coretta Scott King (Where do we go from here?)
I didn't agree with every cause of Mrs. Scott King, such as her belief that criminals should be allowed to vote even while they were serving their sentences, but I understand the enormous sacrifice she has made and her undying commitment to her values and beliefs and those of her husband. What really saddens me is that after a few minutes of grieving over this loss to our nation, you know all those fools (and you know names are not necessary) are already volleying for position at her funeral.