FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2006
STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON THE PASSING OF CORETTA SCOTT KING
"Every New Yorker who believes in the principles of equality mourns the passing of Coretta Scott King - a courageous woman who devoted her life to making those principles a reality for all people. Together with her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., they changed our nation - and the world - forever.
"On behalf of the people of our City, I extend our deepest condolences to all the members of her family.
"Throughout her life, Mrs. King held great faith in the power of peace, and endured deep sorrow with great dignity. She now rejoins her husband and goes to the peace she so richly deserves.
"In recent months, we've lost many of the giants of the Civil Rights movement: Rosa Parks, Ossie Davis, Kenneth Clark, Judge Constance Baker Motley, and, now, Coretta Scott King. The most fitting way to remember them is to rededicate ourselves to finishing the cause that they so nobly advanced.
"As New Yorkers mourn Mrs. King's passing, the flags in all City buildings, currently flying at half-staff in memory of Police Officer Kevin Lee, will remain at half-staff until Mrs. King is laid to rest."
Stu Loeser/Paul Elliott