Sunday, May 9, 2010

Parable of Mother Coretta Scott King

Parable of Mother Coretta Scott King

I remember sitting in the pew of Riverside Church at the memorial for Dr. Betty Shabazz, listening and looking at Myrlie Evers-Williams and Coretta Scott King standing at the podium. I wondered at the great suffering they had endured as a result of America assassinating their husbands, Malcolm, Medgar and Martin.

The combined tragedies of Shakespeare, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear and Hamlet, cannot match the tragic dramas of these grand men and women, and especially the life of Coretta Scott King, who always maintained an aura of classic dignity and graciousness, in spite of her suffering. She established her own legacy as a chairperson of world peace and builder of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-violence.

In her and her late husband's honor, why can't every North American African send one dollar to make the King Center solvent and independent rather than allow the US Park Service to assume management? After all, it was the USA who killed her husband and kept both of them under surveillance for simply being the very best citizens America produced.

Coretta set the example of how we must continue the drum beat for justice, no matter what, even when our husband, wives and friends may be slain along the way. As Coretta did, we must rise above pain and personal suffering to continue resistance.

Even under the best circumstance, we know the struggle of single mothers is difficult, so we can only applaud Coretta for maintaining herself and assuming the persona of mother, father and warrior woman of her people. How blessed we are when the Lord uses us for His glory and not for our own, as He did with His servant, Mrs. Coretta Scott King. May she rest in peace with her king and the King of Kings.


In the deep structure of the Coretta Scott King story is, of course, the primordial myth of Osiris , the savior hero hacked to death by his evil, jealous brother, Seth. Coretta is the suffering Isis, and she not only represents the joint suffering of her sisters Betty Shabazz and Myrlie Evers-Williams, but all black women who have endangered husbands and sons, and are for the most part helpless to protect them from the ravages of white supremacy in America, an evil, racist society that seeks their crucifixion at every turn, by homicide, suicide, drug abuse, castration or incarceration.

The black woman, at the present hour, is searching for the loss parts of her man's soul, the part destroyed by the evil white supremacy society, so jealous and envious of black men and boys.

According to the myth, she will eventually discover his loss vital parts and revive him and herself by giving birth to his son, Horus/Heru, the avenger of his father's crucifixion.
--Marvin X
revised 5/9/10

Bay Area folks don't miss the black consciousness read-in/teach-in Saturday, May 15, 2pm, at the African American Museum
Library, 14th and Martin Luther King, Jr., downtown Oakland. The people
will read from the parables and fables of Marvin X, The Wisdom of Plato
Negro. Funds benefit Black Bird Press. The book is $l00.00, but the
event is free, donations accepted.

To order the book:
Black Bird Press
1222 Dwight Way
Berkeley CA 94702

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