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The 1986 Coretta Scott King Letter Opposing Jeff Sessions They Don't Want You To Read

King’s statements are just as crucial today, as they were in 1986

In 1986, Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, penned a letter opposing Senator Jeff Sessions to be a federal judge in Alabama, ultimately aiding in keeping him from the position. The heartfelt letter made a comeback last Tuesday, with help from The Washington Post, and may surface during Sessions' confirmation hearing on Wednesday. 

In the letter, King argues that Sessions “lacks the temperament, fairness and judgment to be a federal judge.” King's message came after Sessions’ involvement in the voter fraud case known as the Marion Three, which civil rights leaders protested and believed was racially motivated.

King’s statements are just as crucial today, as they were in 1986. As Sessions continues his confirmation hearings on Wednesday to become United States attorney general, and with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) set to testify, King’s words may once again block Sessions.

You can read the letter in full on The Washington Post.


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Stephen J. Grant, sometimes known as Radio Stevie, is a writer, author and artist from New Haven, Connecticut.

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