A civil rights leader in her own right, Coretta Scott King, the beloved wife of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was honored and remembered last Tuesday with a talent showcase, prayer, music, praise dancing and a tribute by her Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters.
Florida Bridgewater-Alford, president of the Gainesville alumni chapter of the sorority, presided over "Remembering Coretta," an observance held at Showers of Blessing Harvest Center as a part of King Celebration 2011 and sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida.
Sunday will mark the fifth anniversary of Coretta Scott King's death at age 79 on Jan. 30, 2006. She was born on April 27, 1927, in Marion, Ala. In conjunction with the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Services in Atlanta, a tribute in honor of Coretta Scott King was held on Jan. 17 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where in 1960, Dr. King joined his father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr., as co-pastor.
"There is no way to celebrate Martin without celebrating Coretta," said Rodney J. Long, president of the King Commission. "Coretta is a civil rights icon in her own right," Long said. "It's important to honor Coretta so we can tell the whole story."
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