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A life well-lived: RIP Cy King

Posted By Rob Schofield On June 27, 2014 @ 10:46 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Carolyn and Cy King [1]

Carolyn and Cy King in a photo that accompanied a 2012 NC Council of Churches story about Carolyn’s passing

We lost Cy King this week. As Anne Blythe of Raleigh’s News & Observer reported in this excellent story [2] yesterday, the veteran progressive activist passed away on Wednesday after a brief illness at age 91.

Would that we could all look back at the end of our days on a life so well and richly lived.

As just about anyone in the Triangle with any connection to the movements for peace and civil liberties or social, economic and political justice can attest, Cy was a ubiquitous force for good. Together with his late wife Carolyn, Cy simply made making the world a better place his life’s work.

But beyond his dedication to the cause, Cy was also one of those rare human beings who simply exuded love and decency in everything he did. As Rev. Nancy Petty of Pullen Church told Blythe: “It was always with this gentleness [that he spoke out]. But the gentleness, his compassion, did not water down the passion.”

You simply couldn’t be with Cy — even for a short time — and not feel better about yourself and life in general. This was especially true if you were employed in the progressive advocacy world. Just seeing the twinkle in his eye and receiving his encouragement was enough to inspire dozens of advocates down through the years to stay true to the fight for peace and justice. I know it was for me and many of my colleagues.

We mourn his loss but will do our best to carry on his gentle but powerful spirit. RIP.


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[1] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/CC-King.jpg

[2] this excellent story: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/26/3966420/veteran-raleigh-peace-and-justice.html?sp=/99/100/&ihp=1

[3] Choosing life? Moral Monday speaker calls out double standard : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/03/choosing-life-moral-monday-speaker-calls-out-double-standard/

[4] GOP official quickly backtracks (sort of) on “communist” crack about Rev. Barber : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/24/gop-official-quickly-backtracks-sort-of-on-communist-crack-about-rev-barber/

[5] Happy Sunshine Week: Why did Sen. Tillman try to remove documentary filmmakers from a public meeting? : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/18/happy-sunshine-week-why-did-sen-tillman-try-to-remove-documentary-filmmakers-from-a-public-meeting/

[6] Sen. Curtis: no regrets about harsh email to NC teacher, says more than 40 lawmakers agree with him : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/23/sen-curtis-no-regrets-about-harsh-email-to-nc-teacher-says-more-than-40-lawmakers-agree-with-him/

[7] Republican mayor from eastern NC issues emotional call for Medicaid expansion : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/04/republican-mayor-from-eastern-nc-issues-emotional-call-for-medicaid-expansion/

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