On behalf of WomenNC Board of Directors and Volunteers, it brings us great sadness to share with you the passing of Carolyn King on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. Carolyn was a humble, courageous woman that touched so many people with her generosity and steadfast belief in human social justice, equality of opportunities, and encouraged the recognition that all persons can be valuable contributors to society. We would like to share a few examples of Carolyn’s impact on our community as a whole and to many organizations, such as WomenNC.
Carolyn was dedicated to the betterment of communities and citizen opportunities, whether in Kentucky, North Carolina, or on the national, and international stage. As initiator, director and active team member of countless programs such as initiatives leading to the integration of the NC State Parks, low income affordable housing (RICH Park), the first Adult Day Care Center in Raleigh, and more. She loved children of all ages exemplified as Teenage Director of Raleigh YWCA, taught at an all-African American kindergarten (pre-1954 Brown vs. Board of Education), and 18 years teaching at Raleigh Pre-School, the only parent cooperative in Raleigh. Details of her extensive contributions and honored recognition are highlighted today’s N&O Carolyn King obituary summary.
As a longtime advocate of women’s rights, Carolyn rallied for the ERA, promoted efforts for U.S. Senate ratification of the United Nations’ CEDAW treaty (Convention for the Elimination of all Discrimination Against Women), served as President of OWL (Older Women’s League) of Raleigh, an advisor to WomenNC, and member of U.N. Association, Wake Chapter.
Carolyn King’s Impact on WomenNC Leaders and Fellows:
Carolyn was one of the first persons to encourage Beth Dehghan (WomenNC’s founder & President), to pursue a leadership development organization for young adults, coupled with support for CEDAW. This evolved into WomenNC’s signature CSW Student Fellowship Program, to focus on women and girls issues that transcend boundaries, with common concerns existing locally and around the globe. An extension of WomenNC is to advocate for awareness and solution-based options for inequalities, much like the example that Carolyn King set in her daily activities.
WomenNC was honored to establish the annual Carolyn King Scholarship Fund that sponsors one university fellow in their research presentations at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women. When discussing the potential of this fund Carolyn shared, “Oh Beth I will be honored. You are so very kind… I haven’t done much to deserve this! … You all have done an amazing job in such short time.” We truly appreciate all the supporters of WomenNC in Carolyn’s honor, and send our prayers of thanks to Carolyn for believing in the young women that will be tomorrow’s leaders.
To conclude, please find the following personal thoughts about Carolyn:
- An inspiration to Beth Dehghan, “I was fortunate to get to know her as a friend, a role model, and a mentor. Her memory will remain with me for the rest of my life as a caring mom and sister, as a human right activist, a sincere friend, and as a community leader.”
- An excerpt from 2012 CSW Fellow & first Carolyn King Scholarship recipient, Maramawit Tadesse, in a recent email to Carolyn’s husband, “She will forever remain in all our hearts by her kindness and strength. She is one remarkable woman.”
Please join us in sending heartfelt thoughts to Carolyn King’s loving and supportive family, husband Cy King Sr., and two sons Cy King Jr., and Edward King. Details of her service, October 6th can be found in the link above.
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