YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – March 9, 2010 – Antiochian Coretta Scott King is one of eleven women to be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame for making valuable and enduring contributions to our nation. King and the ten other women will be formally inducted on September 30 and October 1 in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American Women’s Rights Movement.
The National Women’s Hall of Fame is the nation’s oldest membership organization recognizing the achievements of great American women. Inductees are selected every two years based on their lasting contributions to society through the arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy and science. From a group of over 200 completed nominations, a national panel of judges conducted a rigorous scoring process and selected eleven women for Induction.
One of the most celebrated champions of human and civil rights, Coretta Scott King, in partnership with her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ignited democracy movements worldwide. For more than forty years, she traveled extensively as a messenger of peace, justice and social action. Notably, in 1974, she formed and co-chaired the National Committee for Full Employment, formed the Coalition of Conscience (1983), and co-convened the Soviet-American Women’s Summit (1990). In 1969, she became the founding president, chair and chief executive officer of The King Center, the first institution built in memory of an African American leader. As a lifelong advocate for non-violence and coalition building, King’s legacy will continue to serve as an example for years to come.
King enrolled at Antioch College in 1945 as part of the college’s Interracial Education Scholarship program, which had recruited her sister, Edythe, two years earlier. Though she left the College in 1949, she remained connected to her alma mater, returning in 1965 when her husband delivered the commencement address, and again in 1967 to receive the baccalaureate degree that she should have received in 1951. She delivered the commencement address in 1982 and in 2004 accepted the Horace Mann Award from the Alumni Association for her determination to promote nonviolent social change. In 2005, she honored the College by allowing it to use her name on a Center for Cultural and Intellectual and Freedom. The Coretta Scott King Center opened on March 27, 2007.
The National Women’s Hall of Fame 2011 Inductees include the late jazz vocalist Billie Holiday; Lilly Ledbetter, who lobbied for equal pay for men and women (her efforts proved successful when President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law in 2009); and University of Miami President Donna Shalala, among others.
“From an early suffragist to a Civil Rights pioneer; from a university president to trailblazers in health and science; each of these women have demonstrated fortitude, perseverance, intelligence and hope," said Christine Moulton, Executive Director of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. "Their experiences provide both an example for each of us to emulate and a challenge for each of to embrace. What began in Seneca Falls comes full circle this October, when this phenomenal group of Inductees convenes in the birthplace of women’s rights.”
The National Women’s Hall of Fame, founded in 1969, has inducted 236 women since its inception. This year’s Inductees will join a notable group that includes Susan B. Anthony, Dr. Dorothy Height, Maya Lin, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Rosa Parks.
More information on the Hall of Fame is available at greatwomen.org.
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