FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2006
CONTACT: Les Jin, (202) 775-9555
NAPABA MOURNS THE DEATH OF CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER CORETTA SCOTT KING
Washington, D.C. – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) joins the nation in mourning the loss of Coretta Scott King, a beloved leader of the American civil rights movement and international peace and human rights activist. NAPABA honors Mrs. King and remembers the remarkable life she led as a dedicated wife, mother, and civil rights activist.
Mrs. King founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change as a memorial to her husband’s life and legacy after his assassination in 1968. In addition to her nationally significant contributions to civil rights through the work of the King Center, she helped found and lead dozens of civil rights organizations and coalitions on diverse issues including full employment, healthcare, religious freedom, and voter participation. She also gained recognition for her work with international peace and justice efforts.
“We mourn the loss of Coretta Scott King not only because of the ideals she represented, but also because of the concrete changes she made throughout her life that have made society better for all people of color,” remarked NAPABA President Amy Lin Meyerson. “Mrs. King remained at the heart of the civil rights movement all these years. She continued to fight for racial and economic justice long after the nation’s attention faded. As many have noted, she truly was the matriarch of the civil rights movement, and she will be sorely missed.”
“Mrs. King saw civil rights beyond national borders,” commented NAPABA Executive Director Les Jin. “Her life-long dedication to peace, justice, and human rights had an impact around the world. Whether through her work on Soviet-U.S. relations, protesting South African apartheid, or her leadership in building coalitions for civil rights for all Americans here at home, Mrs. King’s vision of civil and human rights demanded we seek change wherever we see injustice. We are all indebted to her work and decades of leadership.”
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 47 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.