John M. Becker

Flashback: Coretta Scott King at Atlanta Pride '96

Filed By John M. Becker | November 08, 2013 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: Atlanta, civil rights, Coretta Scott King, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, intersectionality, pride

coretta_scott_king.jpgI recently stumbled upon an amazing YouTube clip of the late Coretta Scott King, wife of slain civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., giving a speech at Atlanta Pride in 1996. Mrs. King made no secret of her support for LGBT rights -- inspirational equality-related CSK quotes are all over the Internet -- but it was really special to hear her talk about equality in her own voice.

I planned on sharing this clip with Bilerico readers yesterday, but the historic ENDA vote in the Senate bumped this post to today. Something tells me Mrs. King would have understood, though, as she knew just how critically important employment protections are for our community. In fact, she mentions her own support of ENDA at the 6:16 mark. (Remember, this was 1996.)

What an incredible woman Coretta Scott King was -- the bearer of her husband's legacy, and a civil rights hero in her own right.

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