Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

In Memoriam: Coretta Scott King, 1927-2006

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

In Memoriam: Coretta Scott King, 1927-2006

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Many higher education institutions joined the rest of the world in mourning the loss of Coretta Scott King, who died Jan. 31 at the age of 78. Said Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, president of Bennett College in North Carolina: "News of the passing of Mrs. Coretta Scott King went straight to that place in the heart of everyone in the Bennett College family where tears are made. As we grieve the physical loss of Mrs. King, an extraordinary and beloved champion of civil rights and human rights, we must renew our own efforts to be effective drum majors for peace, dram majors for justice and dram majors for righteous."

King spoke at Bennett's inaugural President Presents lecture series on Sept. 27, 2002. In her presentation, King said, "I would like to think that my years of working for peace, human rights and a society free of racism, sexism, homophobia and all forms of bigotry have helped to make life a little better for your generation." She also received an honorary doctorate degree from Bennett College during the May 2003 commencement.

"Mrs. King kept the legacy of her husband, Morehouse alumnus Martin Luther King Jr. …

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