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Coretta Scott King

Social Reformer. Born near Marion, Alabama, she was studying voice at the New England Conservatory of Music for a planned singing career when she met Martin Luther King, Jr., a young Baptist minister working toward a Ph.D. at Boston University. She was highly supportive her husband and his efforts during the most tumultuous days of the American civil rights movement. After his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, she became a community leader and kept his dream alive. She worked to keep his ideology of equality for all people at the forefront of Americas's agenda. She pressed for over a decade to have her husband's birthday declared a national holiday; in 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law and the first federal holiday was celebrated in 1986. Ms. King became a symbol, in her own right, of her husband's struggle for peace and brotherhood with her appearances at seminars and conferences on global issues.

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  • Added: 31 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13189804
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Coretta Scott King (27 Apr 1927–30 Jan 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13189804, citing Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .