The daughter of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Bernice King, has called for her late mother, Coretta Scott King, to be remembered and honored along with her father on the national holiday honoring his life and legacy.
Taking to social media on Monday (Jan. 17), Dr. Bernice King implored the public to also recognize her mother, Coretta Scott King, for the valuable contributions she made to ensure that her husband’s legacy would live on.
“As you honor my father today, please remember and honor my mother, as well,” Dr. Bernice King wrote on Twitter.
“She was the architect of the King Legacy and founder of @TheKingCenter, which she founded two months after Daddy was assassinated. Without #CorettaScottKing, there would be no #MLKDay. #MLK,” she continued.
Dr. Bernice King also urges people t recognize her contributions to the civil rights movement, as the late author and activist worked just as tirelessly as her husband to improve the circumstances for Black people in the United State of America.
My mother wasn’t “behind” my father. Where does that language come from? #CorettaScottKing #MLK,” she captioned another tweet.
Dr. Bernice King also shared another family portrait of herself with her mother and father in another tweet.
“Kings ?,” she captioned the post.
Coretta Scott King founded the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia, and would later lead efforts to have a federal holiday acknowledging his impact on social justice. In 1983, the holiday was sworn into law. King’s birthday was first observed as a national holiday in 1986, nearly 20 years after his death.
Coretta Scott King, who was known as the “First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement,” passed away in 2006 at the age of 78.
Additionally to her civil rights work, Coretta Scott King was an author and ally of the LGBTQ+ community. She also participated in movements for women’s and children’s rights.