STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF CORETTA SCOTT KING -- 01/31/2006
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2006
STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF CORETTA SCOTT KING
Baton Rouge, LA - "I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Coretta Scott King, the matriarch of the Civil Rights Movement," said Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu. Mrs. King stood, with her husband, for peace, justice and equality for all people. In the years following Dr. King's death, Coretta Scott King's dignified and respectful approach toward all people made her a leader in her own right. The issues she was passionate about, poverty, unemployment, violence, plague New Orleans and other cities across the country. Her work in these areas has left a legacy that citizens across the globe should study and know well.
Maya Angelou said "it's great because she did live, and she was ours. I mean African Americans and white Americans and Asians, Spanish-speaking - she belonged to us and that's a great thing." I agree with Dr. Angelou. Today, we have lost a great American."