Black History Month: DAY 3

Black History Month- Day 3

Today, we pay homage to Coretta Scott King.

Model: Keyanna Coleman

Hair: Natalee McGowan

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history. Now known as, National African American History Month- is important to me because it celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens the understanding of our Nation’s history. I had the honor of posing as Coretta Scott King, who was a forceful public figure and an important leader in the civil rights movement. Coretta also was very involved in the women’s movement. In 1988, she served as head of the U.S. delegation of Women for a Meaningful Summit (a peace movement) in Athens. She was known as the First Lady of Civil Rights. Carrying on her husband Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of making America a place where all people have equal rights.” -Keyanna Coleman

The First Lady of the Civil Rights, Coretta Scott King was a powerful leader in not only the civil rights movement, but also in the women’s rights movement and was an advocate for gay rights and same-sex marriage. Widely known for the work she did alongside her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta was an activist and involved in politics well before her marriage and continued long after his assassination. She fought for global peace and for racial and social justice until her death, at age 78. “Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation” -Coretta Scott King

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