Press Release

SBC’s Richard Land comments on the passing of Coretta Scott King

Jan 31, 2006

Dr. Richard Land, president of The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, commented on the life and passing of Coretta Scott King, widow of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“The nation as a whole—red, yellow, black, and white—owes an incalculable debt of gratitude to Mrs. Coretta Scott King and her husband, Dr. King,” said Land.

“Their collective courage, bravery and Christian dignity helped to guide America through one of the more difficult and heartbreaking periods of our history. Together, Dr. and Mrs. King did more for racial reconciliation in this nation than any couple in our history. As anyone in ministry knows, it would have been impossible for Dr. King to carry out his ministry to the nation and the world without the invaluable support and counsel of his wife.

“After Dr. King’s tragic assassination, Mrs. King carried on with nobility and dedication her husband’s dream for an America where people would indeed ‘not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.’ I join my fellow Americans in extending our prayers and heartfelt sympathies to the King children in the loss of their mother.”

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest non-Catholic denomination with more than 16.3 million members in over 43,500 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC's ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.