Tuesday, February 07, 2006

A Queen is Remembered

I started this post by posting about Yolanda Kings locs and after realizing how obsessed I am with watching all of the news coverage about Mrs. Coretta Scott King I realized I am as engrossed as I was when Princess Diana passed. (Also, a great Queen) So, I was compelled to contribute something to Mrs. King.

The King family has contributed greatly in overcoming many struggles for the African American people and I personally would like to thank them. I am deeply sorrowful of the passing of a "Great Queen," Mrs. Coretta Scott King and I pray that the family will soon find peace. I especially, pray for comfort for son Dexter King as he choked back tears and explained that his mother died on his birthday.

Mrs. Coretta Scott King knew and accepted her calling in life…to make a difference in the world by working to change conditions for blacks in the south. I personally believe without Coretta there would have been no Dr. Martin Luther King.

Many forget that after her husband was assassinated in 1968, instead of withdrawing from her young children into her grief, Coretta Scott King stepped out into the forefront to continue her husband’s legacy. She started the day before his funeral, leading the sanitation workers march he had gone to Memphis to support. Mrs. King was devoted to preserving Dr.Kings legacy by committing much of her energy and attention to developing and building the Atlanta-based Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change as a living memorial to her husband’s life and nonviolent philosophy. What a true Virtuous Woman!!!!!

Last Spring we had the opportunity of taking our children to the Martin Luther King Center on our Spring Break vacation and they were impacted in a major way. When we left the center all four of us had red…watery eyes…. we wept and wept and wept until we could take it no more. I’m sure many of you have visited the center and understand what I’m talking about. As a picker upper we went on a tour of his home and our 10 & 12 year old thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

We often try and use vacations as learning experiences because we never want our children to lose sight of who they are and where “we” have come from. Let’s keep hope alive, we all still have a lot of work to do in contributing to this world especially our troubled youth

Picture of Yolanda King, looks like her early stages of Sisterlocks??? Regardless, she's part of the loc family...represent Yolanda, represent!!!!

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Sister-in-Locks said...

You are such a good parent and role model for your kids. I try to do the same. I look up to you. Thanks for reminding that ATL would be a good vacation/history trip. I have been there and visited the King center, but I need to take my kids.

Thanks for honoring such a great woman.

brunsli said...

A great post! Thank you!

Goodnapps said...

Yes, excellent post.

KDL said...

Wonderful post. Let me tell you, I've seen Yolanda's hair in person and it definitely looks like Sisterlocks to me. She's dyed it now and it has gotten pretty long.

Being here in Atlanta, we were all pretty obsessed with Coretta's passing. In Atlanta Public Schools, we even shut down instruction and devoted the day to watching the funeral. She was really a remarkable woman and will be greatly missed. Did you get a chance to see the program from the funeral it had some beautiful photos of her and her family. I'm probably going to post some of it or a link on my site.

Jazzilocs said...

What a beautiful tribute!!

Creyole's Sisterlock Exodus said...

Yes, I most certainly did and just to show you how crazy I am...I sat and watched with the program in hand checking off who finished like I was sitting right there with the congregation going...who's up next?

Ree-C said...

Great Post.

BlaqKofi said...

Vice nice post, LaChanda.