King, Coretta Scott
Born: Apr 27, 1927 AD
Died: 2006 AD, at 78 years of age.
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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