CSK 86th Birthday celebration & Rose Debut


The King Center Honors its Founder, Mrs. Coretta Scott King

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, we commemorated our Founder, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, on what would have been her 86th Birth Anniversary. On that date we also dedicated the "Coretta Scott King Rose: An American Symbol of Peace and Love" on the grounds of The King Center. If you will be visiting The King Center, please make sure to view a special display in honor of Mrs. King.

The Coretta Scott King Rose:

An American Symbol of Peace and Love

Several plantings of the Coretta Scott King Rose were done in Georgia as well as other cities. Plantings in Atlanta included The King Center’s Freedom Hall Plaza area, the National Park Service, Visitor’s Center Rose Garden, the State Capitol area, Morehouse College and Spelman College. Also, on April 27, there was a planting at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Alabama done by the city’s First Lady. On May 9, a planting took place here in Atlanta at The Botanical Gardens.  Additionally, there were special plantings in Montgomery, Alabama at the State Capitol and the Dexter Avenue Parsonage; as well as in Mrs. King’s home town of Marion, Alabama.

On May 10, in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, Birmingham Mayor William Bell and the Birmingham Rose Society introduced the Coretta Scott King Rose at the Birmingham Botanical Garden.   

Additional plantings will take place at the King Memorial in Washington, DC, The Saint Sabina Church in Chicago, Illinois, and at The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas.