Still Time to Sign Book of Condolences


By Frederick Philander WINDHOEK A Condolences Book to commemorate the late Coretta Scott King, who passed away on Monday, can still be signed daily from 08h00 to 17h00 at the American Cultural Centre until Friday, February 10, its was announced in a press release. The American Cultural Center will also screen two films in commemoration of Coretta King and Black History Month, which takes place during February. Citizen King will be shown on Wednesday, February 8, at 17h30. When approached for comment, the director of the American Cultural Centre, Stanley Harsha, yesterday afternoon told New Era that no Namibians until mid-day yesterday had signed the book. “Only three people have signed the book, but it is expected that Namibians will pay homage and tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King’s wife. “People who have signed so far are the American Ambassador, Joyce Barr, the High Commissioner of Zambia and a deputy high commissioner of the embassy of Egypt,” Harsha said. The 78-year-old Coretta, a partner in championing civil rights, justice and equality with her late husband, died on Monday in Baja California, Mexico. According to the statement, Coretta King was born on April 27, 1927, in a two-roomed house built by her father in segregated Perry County, Alabama. “Scott picked cotton and worked as a maid while studying piano and voice at a local private missionary secondary school. Graduating first in her class, she then attended Antioch College in Ohio, where an older sister was the first African-American student. She trained as a classical singer and paid her expenses by cleaning houses and working as a mail order clerk,” the press release stated.