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King, Coretta Scott

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Born: 1927 AD
Died: 2006 AD, at 78 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Activists

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1927 - Born on April 27th in Marion, Alabama. An American civil rights activist who was the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.

         - She founded in Atlanta, Georgia, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, which was led at the turn of the 21st century by her son Dexter.

1951 - Coretta Scott graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and enrolled at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

1953 - Married Martin Luther King, Jr. and had four children.

1955-1964 - Coretta Scott King joined her husband in civil rights activism, taking part in the Montgomery bus boycott and efforts to pass the Civil Rights Act.

1968 - Following the assassination of her husband and the conviction of James Earl Ray for the murder, she continued to be active in the civil rights movement.

1969 - She wrote a memoir, "My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.".

         - Established an annual Coretta Scott King Award to honour an African American author of an outstanding text for children.

1979 - Established an annual Coretta Scott King Award to honour an outstanding African American illustrator.

1998 - Edited, with her son Dexter, "The Martin Luther King, Jr. Companion: Quotations from the Speeches, Essays, and Books of Martin Luther King, Jr".


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