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Coretta Scott King

1927 - 2006

Coretta Scott King devoted her life to civil rights and social change. She studied singing and violin at Antioch College where she met her future husband Martin Luther King Jr. During the Civil Rights movement, she played a central role in her husband’s activism by taking on administrative responsibilities and opening their home to activists. She often protested alongside her husband and gave speeches on his behalf. She continued this work after Dr. King’s assassination in 1968, championing the Poor People’s Campaign and solidifying his legacy through the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Coretta Scott King continued to participate in activism and peace movements, such as anti-Apartheid and denuclearization, for the rest of her life.

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