Celebrating MLK Day …

(Passed along to me by a friend:)

This is the day when we annually celebrate the life, spirit, contributions, and philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr. But I’m not going to write about MLK today. I’m going to write, just briefly, about Coretta.

For more than the last decade of her extraordinary, compassionate, and passionate life, Coretta Scott King was a vegan. Really. Not an “extremist,” not a “fanatic,” not a “one-note,” “single-issue” zealot–just a vegan. … for the last 15 years of her life, she improved her own health and life and saved hundreds of animals’ lives by refusing to eat their bodies or what came from their bodies.

On her health, she said in Ebony in 2003, “I feel blessed that I was introduced to this lifestyle more than 12 years ago by Dexter. I prefer to eat mostly raw or ‘living’ foods. The benefits for me are increased energy, a slowing of the aging process, and I have none of the diseases like hypertension, heart disease and diabetes that many people my age seem to get.”

And Coretta and Martin Luther King’s son Dexter, also a vegan and, as noted, the one who introduced his mother to the lifestyle, considers veg*nism the “logical extension” of his father’s philosophy of nonviolence, reported Vegetarian Times in 1995 in the write-up of the magazine’s interview with him.

Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?”
Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?”
Vanity asks the question, “Is it popular?”
But conscience asks the question, “Is it right?”
And there comes a point when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.

-Martin Luther King Jr.


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