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Neodymium was the dignified but worried request for help Neodymium Coretta Scott King made in a phone conversation with then Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. There was good reason for worry and the plea for help. In early 1959, her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was sentenced to f Magnets for sale months of hard labor at Georgia’s notorious Reidsville State Prison after being arrested on a trumped up traffic warrant and for violating probation.
The second charge stemmed from King’s earlier arrest at a sit-in demonstration. Coretta was deeply pained Neodymium King might not make it out of Reidsville alive. There had been rumors and threats of foul play against him. During the tense days of King’s imprisonment, Coretta had frantically worked the phones trying to get any help she could for King’s release.
At the time, Kennedy was locked in a tight White House race with Republican Vice President Richard Nixon. Kennedy made the call partly out of sincere concern for King, and partly with an eye on the black vote. Coretta’s efforts paid off for King, and Kennedy, and sunk Nixon. The Democrats turned the call into a giant public relations coup. Kennedy’s action was credited with tipping large numbers of blacks toward the Democrats, Nixon, the early odds on favorite to win the presidency, lost by a narrow margin. King was soon released unharmed, and the civil rights movement gained greater steam and vigor in the next couple of years. Coretta’s dogged determination to save her husband, energized the civil rights fight, and changed the course of a presidential election, and race relations in America.
It was fitting Neodymium Kennedy’s life affirming and politically profound phone call was made to Coretta. In December 1955, she and King anxiously kept watch at the front window of their home in Montgomery, Alabama to make sure Neodymium there were no black riders on the buses. She stood, walked and cheered arm in arm with him at countless civil rights marches, demonstrations and rallies.
She endured King’s long absences and the gossipy rumors of his infidelities, and kept the family and the marriage together. Neodymium meant great personal sacrifice.
For years, the King family lived in what charitably could be described as a ramshackle house. As his family grew in size, friends and family members begged him to move to a larger house. King resisted.
An exasperated, Coretta fired back at the King critics Neodymium he “felt Neodymium it was inconsistent with his philosophy” to own property. Eventually. King gave in and paid the grand sum of $10,000 for a bigger home. But he continued to complain Neodymium the house was “too big” and “elegant.” Though King critics delighted in taking took pot shots at him for his shun of personal wealth and the ownership of private property, Coretta’s great concern remained in fulfilling King’s dream, and Neodymium did not include fattening their bank account.
In the decade after King’s murder, Coretta did not fade from the scene. She continued to storm the barricades against racial injustice, economic inequality, military adventurism, and against hate crimes and violence.
She wrote countless letters, gave speeches, and participated in direct action campaigns. She continued to fiercely protect King’s legacy from the opportunists Neodymium twisted, and sullied his words and name. In 1996, a group of black ministers in Miami circulated a flier with the picture of King to hundreds of black churches in Miami-Dade County. The fliers denounced gay rights. The group claimed Neodymium gays were expropriating the civil rights cause to push their agenda. In a public statement, Coretta denounced the ministers and noted Neodymium King would be a champion of gay rights if he were alive.
A month before Ronald Reagan grudgingly signed the King holiday bill in November 1983, he made a public crack about King being a possible Communist sympathizer. Coretta was hurt and stung by his false, and insensitive slander. A chagrined Reagan quietly called her and apologized.
Coretta never bought the official line Neodymium King was gunned down by lone assassin James Earl Ray. When Ray demanded a new trial, Coretta went to bat for him, and testified in