Friends and civic leaders gathered in Montgomery Saturday to honor the life and legacy of Coretta Scott King, the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. by planting roses at the capitol and King parsonage to honor her memory.
They're not just any flowers, but roses named after Coretta Scott King, the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I wanted to make sure that we found a rose that was a hybrid, not just a single color rose, but one that had dual colors, that had some beauty in it, that grew tall and strong in a lot of different climates as this rose does," said Bernice King, the couple's daughter.
Bernice King says the roses are exactly like her mother, a woman who withstood tough times during the civil rights movement both at her husband's side and the turmoil following his assasination.
However, she says her mother wasn't the type of woman to hide in the background. "I hope they realize that this was not just a woman that was just stay at home mom, who was just in his shadow, but truly stood beside the man--Martin Luther King, Jr," said King.
However, community leaders say there's still work left to do to make all of the Kings' dreams a reality.
"We have to keep reminding people of those who have come before us so that they can know that there are people that are fighting for justice, fighting for peace and we are the responsible ones for keeping that going on," said Kathy Thomas McFadden, a reverend who attended the dedication.
You can see the roses in bloom nine months out of the year, at the capitol building and the King parsonage on South Jackson Street.