The profound voice and leadership of Coretta Scott King, my mother, a global peace advocate and a human rights activist, still resonates today. Her letter regarding Senator Jeff Sessions, written 30 years ago, yet still prolific, should propel us all toward a commitment to eradicating all systemic injustices. Further, the letter should remind us that she was much more than the widow of a world leader who was a drum major for justice. She was, in her own right, before she married my father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and after his death, a powerful force for good and a purveyor of engaging peaceful means for creating a more just and humane world.
Coretta Scott King was also a women's rights activist who opposed physical, psychological, and all other forms of violence against women. She advocated for the inclusion of women in every critical arena of society, including government. I firmly believe that my mother would consider it an affront to women and humanity that Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced and prevented from reading her letter, while male members of the Senate were permitted to read that same letter. These actions on our Senate floor reflect the continual blight of a patriarchal order in our nation and world.
We can still learn invaluable lessons from my mother's life. I encourage everyone to read her memoir, 'My Life, My Love, My Legacy.' Most of all, in the spirit of my mother, I encourage people to not only resist policies that oppress and dehumanize, but to also work toward forming bipartisan coalitions that help build the Beloved Community. The struggle continues. As my mother stated, "Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won - you earn it and win it in every generation." We will win freedom.