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King, Coretta Scott

Born: 1927 AD
Died: 2006 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Activists

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".