This Martin Luther King Day, let’s remember the inspirational message of hope, tolerance, and equality that the civil rights leader embodied. Coretta Scott King, his wife, remained a vocal advocate of equal rights since his death until her own last year. Coretta in particular, was an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights. I have added a speech she made in 2000 to the Queer Rhetoric Project archive. In it she states:
My husband, Martin Luther King Jr., once said, “We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny… an inescapable network of mutuality,… I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be.” Therefore, I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.
I hope we continue to maintain our resolve in working toward that goal.