“Coretta Scott King in 1986 letter: Jeff Sessions would “irreparably damage the work of my husband,” Martin Luther King Jr.”


“Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a letter and statement in 1986 denouncing Jeff Sessions as a racial reactionary who would “irreparably damage the work of my husband” when he had been nominated for a federal judgeship.

The King’s letter alleged that Sessions had targeted African-Americans for voter-fraud prosecution despite the lack of evidence against them, but ignored cases that could have been made against their white counterparts. Her argument was that these decisions constituted deliberate efforts to suppress the vote of minorities.

King’s letter and statement has surfaced as Sessions continues to undergo a heated confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

“I never declared that the NAACP was ‘un-American’ or that a civil-rights attorney was a ‘disgrace to his race,’” Sessions claimed during the hearings on Tuesday, even though he did not dispute these claims during his 1986 hearing.”  MORE