Coretta Scott King

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Coretta Scott King (née Scott; April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was an influential American activist, author, and leader in the civil rights movement. She was the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most prominent figures in the civil rights movement.

After her husband's assassination in 1968, Coretta Scott King continued to advocate for civil rights and social justice. She played a pivotal role in promoting her husband's legacy and preserving his teachings. Coretta Scott King worked tirelessly to fight against racial discrimination, poverty, and violence.

She established the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, commonly known as the King Center, in Atlanta, Georgia. The center serves as a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a resource for promoting his philosophy of nonviolence and equality.

Coretta Scott King also advocated for women’s rights and LGBTQ+ rights. She was a strong supporter of peace and was actively involved in anti-war movements.

Throughout her life, Coretta Scott King received numerous awards and honors for her contributions to civil rights and social justice. She is remembered as a courageous and influential leader who dedicated her life to fighting for equality and justice for all (Source:

The Coretta Scott King Awards are presented annually by the American Library Association to honor African-American authors and illustrators who create outstanding books for children and young adults. These awards are given to commemorate the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her continuing efforts in working for peace and civil rights issues.

Coretta Scott King’s only grandchild is the author and activist Yolonda Renee King

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