Coretta King urges young people to be peacemakers

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Young people need to "answer the call of history" and be peacemakers, the widow of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said.

Coretta Scott King made the appeal before hundreds of people Monday night at the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall at the University of Akron.

King (pictured, above) urged young people in the audience to lead their generation, and those that follow, into a future that holds "a peace that humanity has never known."

"Rise up now and come forward from the shadows," she said. "Answer the call of history."

While she acknowledged that many see her only as King's widow, she told the audience that she is much more.

"I would also like to be identified as a complex, three-dimensional, flesh-and-blood human being with a rich storehouse of experiences," she said.

King, 75, described herself as a lecturer, author, concert singer and musician who enjoys going to baseball games and follows a strict vegetarian diet.

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