Interview with Coretta Scott King
QUESTION 23
JACKIE SHEARER:

So I'd like you to think about the significance of Martin Luther King, Jr., um, beyond civil rights, to the nation as a whole, and then international.

CORETTA SCOTT KING:

The holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. was always meant to be a holiday for an American hero who was not only a hero for America but for people internationally. Um, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s message of peace and nonviolence, of, ah, of, of justice, for all people was much greater than the problems that we face in America. He often ah, talked about the triple evils of poverty, racism, and war which were all forms of violence that were international in scope, and that we couldn't solve either one of those without working for the solution of the other. The problem of apartheid in South Africa is certainly very much a part of, of the, ah, the three evils; racism, but poverty and violence. I mean war is the ultimate in violence. And we have a responsibility as a democracy if we want people to respect us as a democracy, to make sure that a nation that proposes to be a democratic nation, follows, ah, in that vein. South Africa has not included Black people. When Black people in South Africa cannot vote, cannot participate in the process of their government, then we as a nation have a moral responsibility, ah, to work for their liberation and for their self-determination.

JACKIE SHEARER:

Great, thank you.