Black History Month Day 20 – Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King

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Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King

It seems to me that the above-mentioned matriarchs have not been held in high enough esteem. When I think of the daunting task of carrying the torches their husbands left them after being assassinated and being mothers to their children, while never remarrying they should be placed on a pedestal among the Black community equal to the reverence with which we hold their husbands. I know a movie was made that attempted to dramatize their relationship; however, their families vehemently disagreed with the product.

http://www.indiewire.com/2013/02/betty-shabazz-were-not-consulted-233890/

There is certainly a hospitable relationship on record between the families even if the patriarchs disagreed politically.

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/21/8078739/mlk-malcolm-x-telegrams

I felt it necessary to include the views of the women in their own words.

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/06/24/nyregion/betty-shabazz-a-rights-voice-dies-of-burns.html

http://digital.wustl.edu/e/eii/eiiweb/kin5427.0224.089corettascottking.html

A side note, and not one to be neglected nor ignored the third figure in the photo is Myrlie Evers-Williams, who too should receive praise because of her husband’s ultimate sacrifice.

Article by Brian Epps

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