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Letter: Coretta King’s letter

Monica Taylor re Sessions confirmation hearing

Published on February 17, 2017 12:01AM

This is Black History Month. Martin Luther King’s wife, Coretta Scott King, wrote an eloquent, informative and poignant letter to the U.S. Senate in 1986 concerning the actions of Jefferson Sessions in her home state. You can find it at

This letter influenced the U.S. Senate at that time to deny Sessions the federal judge appointment. This letter was all but lost when Sen. Strom Thurmond failed to put the letter in the record, as she specifically requested. It was his job to put it in the record.

This same letter was almost lost, but recovered from news archives. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tried to read it into the U.S. Senate record for the second time during Sessions’ hearing for appointment to the position of U.S. Attorney General. It must have struck a nerve, because the GOP Senate leader became outraged and said she was impugning Sen. Sessions. Sessions had already impugned himself by his actions back in 1986.

The letter is eloquent, informative and poignant. If only all could read it. Obviously, the GOP leaders were trying to hide it.

Monica Taylor



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