“Coretta Scott King, the widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., died Monday night in Baja California, Mexico…
...Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has ordered flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff until Mrs. King’s funeral. He also has offered to have her body lie in state at the capitol building rotunda….
...She spoke out ‘on behalf of racial and economic justice, women’s and children’s rights, gay and lesbian dignity, religious freedom, the needs of the poor and homeless, full employment, health care, educational opportunities, nuclear disarmament and ecological sanity,’ according to her biography.
...’I believe what Coretta Scott King would want us to do is continue this march toward progress when it comes to disability rights, women’s rights, civil rights—and not retreat from it,’ said Sen. Ted Kennedy….
‘She wore her grief with dignity,” said the Rev. Joseph Lowery, former president of the SCLC, who worked on civil rights with Dr. King in the 1950’s. “She moved quietly but forcefully into the fray. She stood for peace in the midst of turmoil.’”
I’m not going to bother to say anything about the symbolism of her death happening during the confirmation of Samuel Alito.