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Remembering Coretta Scott King

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

It was a somber day as the news of Coretta Scott King's death spread across the nation and here at home.

"It's a loss to us here not only in Tallahassee but an international loss because when we see her, we see him," said a civil rights activist.

Coretta Scott King visited Tallahassee in 1994 to speak at Bethel AME Church. That same year she also spoke before Florida lawmakers

Here and across the world King's widow dedicated her life helping to spread his dream.

Laura Mae Dixie says she was a perfect role model.

"None of us perfect, but you know when you look at somebody and say, oh, they're kinda perfect, she's one of those. I'd put her in that category."

Davis says she was always at King's side.

"Dr. King, her husband, said he was a drum major for justice, but she was the majorette, so it just says the kind of person she was. She was very supportive."

Just two weeks ago the couple's youngest daughter, Bernice king, visited FSU's campus. Mrs. King was absent though, following a serious stroke and heart attack in August.

Although gone now, those who knew her say she'll never be forgotten.

"It's a great loss because you know she got out there and went just like her husband," said Dixie.

Davis says Mrs. King will always remain in her heart.

"There's so many things that we will forget but we won't forget her."

Flags at all state buildings in Georgia remain at half-staff. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has offered to allow King's body to Lie in State.


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