Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Photo Collage Tribute To Coretta Scott King, Full Text Of Coretta Scott King's Letter About Jeff Sessions, & Examples Of #ShePersisted Tweets

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post provides information about Coretta Scott King and showcases a YouTube photo collage of Mrs. King. Selected comments from that YouTube photo collage are also included in this post.

This post also provides information about the "#ShePersisted twitter account and includes tweets from that account.

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Thanks to Coretta Scott King for her life's legacy. Thanks also to Senator Elizabeth Warren for her efforts on behalf of justice and thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks also to the producers of the YouTube photo collage which is embedded in this post.

"Coretta Scott King (/kɔːˈrɛtə/; April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was an American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1953 until his death in 1968. Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King was an active advocate for African-American equality. King met her husband while in college, and their participation escalated until they became central to the movement. In her early life, Coretta was an accomplished singer, and she often incorporated music into her civil rights work.

King played a prominent role in the years after her husband's 1968 assassination when she took on the leadership of the struggle for racial equality herself and became active in the Women's Movement and the LGBT rights movement. King founded the King Center and sought to make his birthday a national holiday. King finally succeeded when Ronald Reagan signed legislation which established Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. She later broadened her scope to include both opposition to apartheid and advocacy for LGBT rights."...

SHOWCASE VIDEO: Coretta Scott King

blfamk Uploaded on Jul 17, 2008

A tribute to Mrs. King
Here are selected comments from this YouTube discussion thread:
"Beautiful beautiful, thanks for sharing =) amazing song choice also"

Sabrina black
"She was a Striking and Remarkable lady. I adored her looks,her charity,her cause,her strength and her support for her Husband. It would be rude not to credit her and think of her as some woman married to Martin Luther king;She was more than that and she fought for us. I love you Correta,Rest your soul as Jesus baptises you in heavenly water."

Miriam Wray
"Coretta King was a remarkable woman with such class and grace, a role model that was led by God."

"Awesome video!! I loved the song, it's one of my faves by Joann Rosario. And needless to say it fit Mrs. King and the video perfectly!!! :)"
Click for a sound file of Joann Rosario sing the religious song "I Hear You Say".

From This Is the Coretta Scott King Letter That Elizabeth Warren Was Prevented From Reading in the Senate
TIME Staff, February 8, 2017
"Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on Tuesday night during the Senate debate over the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General after she quoted a letter written by the late Coretta Scott King in which King spoke out against Sessions' character, the Washington Post and other outlets reported.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said that Warren had "impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama," referring to Sessions; the Republican-held Senate then voted 49 to 43 to uphold the objection that she had breached the rules of debate.

The letter in question, first published publicly by the Washington Post last month, was written by Martin Luther King's widow to Senator Strom Thurmond in 1986, when Sessions was nominated to serve as a federal judge.

King was writing the letter to "express [her] sincere opposition" to the confirmation of Sessions, who, she wrote, had "used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as a federal judge."
Click that link for the full text of that Coretta Scott King letter.

From "#ShePersisted Becomes New Battle Cry After Senate Silences Elizabeth Warren

This is definitely not what Mitch McConnell was hoping for.

By Ed Mazza 02/08/2017
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) unwittingly gave women a new rallying cry when he silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday night.

“She was warned. She was given an explanation,” he said. “Nevertheless, she persisted.”

#ShePersisted almost immediately began trending on Twitter.

Warren had been attempting to read a letter written in 1986 by the late Coretta Scott King ― civil rights hero and widow of Martin Luther King Jr. ― that criticized Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), then a U.S. attorney who had been nominated for a federal judgeship.

McConnell invoked Rule XIX, which said: “No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” King’s letter argued that, during Sessions’ time as a prosecutor in Alabama, he “used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”

Warren is now forbidden from speaking on the Senate floor as the body considers Sessions’ nomination for U.S. attorney general. But social media has been anything but silent as #ShePersisted became the new call to arms."...

From Democrat Defies GOP, Reads Part Of Coretta Scott King’s Letter On Senate Floor

And the Republicans don’t stop him.

Rebecca Shapiro, 02/08/2017
"Republican senators cut off and then silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Tuesday night for reading a letter criticizing President Donald Trump’s attorney general pick. But Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) managed to read portions of the same letter opposing nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) without any interruption a few hours later....

No one stopped Merkley as he read portions of the letter, concluding with this quote from King:

“I do not believe Jefferson Sessions possesses the requisite judgment, competence and sensitivity to the rights guaranteed by the federal civil rights laws to qualify for appointment to the federal district court.”"...
This raises the question- Why was a female Senator silenced and a male Senator permitted to read the same letter?

Emily Clasper ‏@eclasper February 7, 2017
Know who else was warned & given an explanation, yet persisted? Rosa Parks. Susan B Anthony. Harriet Tubman. Malala Yousafzai. #shepersisted

Maumee Mom ‏@MaumeeMom February 7, 2017
Maumee Mom Retweeted Matt Viser
#ShePersisted - we have a new rally cry ladies!! Love it!!

Steve Kenson ‏@SKenson February 7, 2017
#ShePersisted will you follow her example? Read Coretta Scott King’s letter @SenateDems. ALL of you. Let her voice be heard!

Craig Sandler ‏@Craigrsandler, February 7, 2017
May we all remember that when @SenWarren was asked to stay silent, #ShePersisted

Tom Watson ✔ @tomwatson, February 7, 2017
Let's slow the beat down:

Mitch McConnell
Told an elected woman
Reading Corretta Scott King
To shut up
And take a seat.#ShePersisted

Maya Contreras ‏@mayatcontreras February 8, 2017
"Nevertheless, she persisted." 🤘🏾Thanks for the new battlecry @SenateMajLdr #ShePersisted #CorettaScottKing #ElizabethWarren

Brianna Nichols ‏@briannanichols February 8, 2017
Is the irony of silencing #Warren for reading MLK's wife's letter during black history month wholly lost on R's? #LetLizSpeak #ShePersisted

D. Reid ‏@Cool2bCorgi February 8, 2017
Never the less, #Shepersisted
If there was ever a time in the USA to listen, this is it.
#ShePersists #letlizspeak #LetLizTalk

"You must never be fearful of what you are doing when it is right" - Rosa Parks

Leslie Grossman ✔ @MissLeslieG, Februry 8, 2017
Does Mitch McConnell understand that "Nevertheless she persisted" is now a rallying cry? That he unwittingly has strengthened our resolve?

Mara Dolan, Esq. ‏@MaraDolan February 8, 2017
This is the thing with smart, strong women. We persist. There are a lot of us out there. Get used to it. #ShePersisted #LetLizSpeak

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