Monday, January 17, 2011

5 style icon: coretta scott king

In a way, Coretta Scott King was the first Black First Lady. A woman of grace and intelligence, Coretta was a classically trained singer & violinist with a heart of gold. I can imagine ladies of the mid-century idolizing what she wore and what she had in her home. There's no doubt that she became a symbol for what a woman could be in a time where women were often ignored.

I found these photos of Coretta in her home and it inspired me to imagine what 1960s decor may have lived there with her.

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Singing and teaching piano with the 3rd generation of Kings.

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Talking with Robert F Kennedy.


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On this day that we reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I can't help to think about the woman that stood by him through it all. After his untimely death, Coretta continued to work in Dr. King's footsteps, right up into the new millennium. Dr. & Mrs. King believed that everyone had the ability to make a change through service. If we push our talents past what's self-serving, we all have the ability to serve others in some way or another. Mine is through design.

How can designers be of service? Watch this video from Emily Pilloton of Project H about how design is making change in my home state of North Carolina.





5 comments :

  1. Great post! As her husband, Mrs. King was monumental in the civil rights movement and portrayed what a woman of distinction is. Happy MLK day!

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  2. Hey, Niki, what a perfect post for today! And that TED video was fantastic. I'm off to check out their project now. Thanks for the really nice comment today too. It means a lot coming from you! xo

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  3. Fantastic post Niki McNeil! The TED video was icing on the cake for me. Simply because I loooove the work Emily Pilloton is doing in Bertie County, NC. Both Coretta and Emily are huge inspirations for me as a designer.

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  4. absolutely ADORE this post...wonderfully inspiring!

    xo,
    joAnn

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