It is with great sadness that WomenNC shares with you the news of the passing of our beloved friend Cy King, a veteran peace activist and a man who supported civil rights and equality for all.
As some of you may have heard, Cy passed away Wednesday at the age of 92, at home and surrounded by his sons. His wife, Carolyn, passed in 2012.
Anne Blythe wrote a wonderful piece on Cy in The News & Observer on June 26th, which described him as a “gentle man, unfailingly polite, who spoke from a place of authority.” Cy was also kind, thoughtful and funny, and was well-loved by all of us at WomenNC. (pdf of N&O Cy King_Tribute)
Cy and his wife Carolyn dedicated their lives to the cause of social justice, one of the core principles of WomenNC. In addition to the countless civil rights and peace-activist groups to which they belonged, they both managed to find the time to help us in our cause of eliminating injustice against women and girls.
Our Carolyn King Scholarship was named in honor of his wife, a lifelong advocate and pioneer for women’s rights.
When the first of these scholarships was presented in 2012, Cy said the CSW Fellows “gave [him] hope for a better world.” As it is people like Cy that give all of us hope for a better world, this was a very kind thing of him to say.
Cy will be sorely missed by all of us at WomenNC, and indeed, by anyone who ever had the good fortune of knowing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.
All of us here at WomenNC
Visitation has been set for 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 30 at the Community United Church of Christ, located at 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh.
Services will be held the following day at 11 a.m. at the same location.