Coretta Scott King II

Lead: In the years before and after the assassination of her husband, Coretta Scott King provided strong leadership within the civil rights movement.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: It was not easy residing at the center of the maelstrom, raising a large family, taking a supportive role at the side of one of humanity’s most consequential figures, but, nevertheless, Coretta King rose to take the role of leader. She escaped and stood strong when white supremacists directed violence against their family. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace prize, she was by his side.

 

Coretta Scott King I

Lead: In the pantheon of the civil rights movement Martin Luther King, Jr., and his wife, Coretta Scott King, shine most brightly.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: As the issue of African-American Civil rights forced itself onto the American national agenda, it is not surprising that the prosperous, educated, black upper-class should feel most acutely the second-class status which America’s white majority enforced so vigorously to keep them in their place.

Carl Stokes

Lead: In 1967 Carl Burton Stokes was elected mayor of Cleveland, the eighth largest city in America. He was a black man leading a white city and his problems were just beginning.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Stokes was the first African American to become a big city mayor, but others soon followed: Richard Hatcher, Walter Washington, Harold Washington, Coleman Young, Dutch Morial, Maynard Jackson. The irony is that, having faced discrimination and disenfranchisement for generations, blacks came to power just as the deterioration of the great cities of America was beginning to accelerate. Carl Stokes experience illustrates the problem.

 

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