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                                                      PRINTER'S NO. 1511



No. 220 Session of 2006



                                  A RESOLUTION

     1  Expressing condolences on the death of Coretta Scott King, first
     2     lady of the Civil Rights Movement, at the age of 78.

     3     WHEREAS, Coretta Scott, born April 27, 1927, in Perry County,
     4  Alabama, was a graduate of Antioch College; and
     5     WHEREAS, Coretta Scott was studying voice and violin at the
     6  New England Conservatory of Music in Boston when she met the
     7  Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., who was working for his
     8  doctorate in systematic theology at Boston University; and
     9     WHEREAS, The couple, married in 1953 in Marion, Alabama, had
    10  four children: Yolanda, Martin III, Dexter and Bernice; and
    11     WHEREAS, With great determination, Mrs. King pursued human
    12  rights and equality during the most tumultuous days of the
    13  American Civil Rights Movement and supported interracial
    14  coalitions and democratic movements worldwide; and
    15     WHEREAS, Following the assassination of Dr. King on April 4,
    16  1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, Mrs. King promoted his teachings,
    17  highlighted the timeless values he taught through example and

     1  advocated for the civil rights and global equality of subsequent
     2  generations; and
     3     WHEREAS, Mrs. King developed the archives and outreach
     4  programs of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent
     5  Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia, which she founded in 1969;
     6  and
     7     WHEREAS, In her tireless work on behalf of the center, Mrs.
     8  King focused on issues which breed violence in our culture:
     9  hunger, unemployment, voting rights and racism; and
    10     WHEREAS, For more than a decade Mrs. King lobbied, testified
    11  before the Congress of the United States and launched petition
    12  campaigns to institute a Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal
    13  holiday; and
    14     WHEREAS, On November 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed
    15  the bill establishing the third Monday of every January as the
    16  Martin Luther King, Jr., National Holiday; and
    17     WHEREAS, Our nation has commemorated her late husband's
    18  birthday, January 15, through this national holiday since 1986;
    19  therefore be it
    20     RESOLVED, That the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    21  express condolences on the death of Coretta Scott King, first
    22  lady of the Civil Rights Movement, at the age of 78; and be it
    23  further
    24     RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to
    25  the King family in care of The King Center, 449 Auburn Avenue,
    26  NE, Atlanta GA 30312.

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