On Saturday, May 4, the Coretta Scott King Estate will dedicate the "Coretta Scott King Rose: An American Symbol of Peace and Love", during ceremonies at Freedom Plaza on the grounds of the Alabama State capitol at 11 a.m., and the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church Parsonage at 11:30 a.m.
The locations are significant in the life and legacy of Coretta and Dr. Martin Luther King. The church Dr. King pastored, Dexter Avenue, is located just steps from the state capitol and Dr. King and Coretta addressed thousands on the steps of the state capitol at the conclusion of the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. The Dexter Memorial Baptist Church Parsonage was where the couple lived while King pastored Dexter. The parsonage was also bombed during the Montgomery bus boycott.
Dr. Bernice A. King, executor of the Coretta Scott King estate and CEO of the King Center in Atlanta said, "This beautiful rose is truly a symbol of peace and love, and as we observe my mother's birthday in April, it is with a joyful sense of gratitude for her tireless devotion to advancing my father's legacy of nonviolence. It is gratifying that the rose will soon be blooming in Montgomery where they began their historic journey that made America a more just and democratic nation."
According to the official horticultural description of the Coretta Scott King Grandiflora Rose, it has long, pointed buds that spiral open to reveal creamy white blooms blushed with tropical tones of coral-orange. The flower size is 4" with a moderate tea and spice fragrance.
In addition to the Montgomery sites, the Coretta Scott King Rose has been planted in several historic locations including the Lincoln School, County Courthouse and Mt. Tabor A.M.E. Zion Church in King's hometown in Marion, Ala.; The King Center in Atlanta, the Georgia State Capitol; Morehouse and Spelman College campuses; the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site of the National Park Service; and Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Alabama.
The roses can be purchased online at www.corettascottkingrose.com. For more information on the event, please contact the Chris Thomas (404) 952.0204.
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