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Coretta Scott King: death of Martin Luther King Jr.

@ New Georgia Encyclopedia

WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)


In this WSB newsfilm clip from April 6, 1968, Coretta Scott King speaks at a press conference held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia following the assassination of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and images of mourners are shown.The clip begins with Coretta Scott King recalling lessons that Martin Luther King, Jr. imparted to their children, including the idea that it is "not how long you live, but how well you live." The view then shifts to show the Spelman College campus in Atlanta, but Mrs. King's comments continue over the images. Lines of mourners waiting to view Dr. King's body stand outside a building. She asserts that Dr. King was aware that "his physical life could be cut short," and she notes that they "faced this possibility squarely and honestly." Mrs. King states that Dr. King did this "without bitterness or hatred" while still remaining aware that society was "sick ... [and] totally infested with racism and violence." The camera continues down a row of mourners and enters the chapel where Dr. King's body lies in state. Mrs. King affirms that Dr. King "struggled with every ounce of his energy to save that sick society from itself." The view returns to Mrs. King. She declares that, through his refusal to hate and his perseverance, Dr. King "prepared us constantly for the tragedy."

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