Coretta Scott King’s ‘Dream’


On Monday, January 16, 2012, we are celebrating “Martin Luther King Day” here in America and this yearly event has brought memories flooding back for me.

For it was back in 1969, when I was sent out on one of my first interviews as a new journalist with Billy Graham’s London newspaper, The Christian. It was with Coretta Scott King and it took place many months after the murder of her husband on April 4, 1968.
Dr. King was cut down by a bullet from the gun of James Earl Ray, as he was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
We talked in the home of Canon John Collins of St. Paul’s Cathedral just before Mrs. King was about to become the first woman to preach at a statutory service at the massive cathedral.
As I watched her four children scamper around the house — just like any other children of their age – I thought of the pain they must all have been through.
I looked at Mrs. King and asked if she was worried about suffering the same fate as her husband.
“I have lived with the threat so long now I hardly think about it,” she said her eyes ablaze. “I must do what I must do!”
She glanced across the room at her four children, and added, “My children are with me in this.”
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Dan Wooding