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  King, Coretta Scott
NameCoretta Scott King
Atlanta, Georgia , United States
Born April 27, 1927
DiedJanuary 31, 2006 (78 years)
Last ModifedScott³
Jan 31, 2006 07:11am
InfoExcerpted from wikipedia [Link]
"Coretta Scott King (born April 27, 1927 near Marion, Alabama – died January 31, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia) was the wife of the slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. and a noted community leader in her own right.

The Kings were married on June 18, 1953. The wedding ceremony took place in Scott's parents' house in Marion and was performed by King's father.

King and Scott had four children:

* Yolanda Denise King (November 17, 1955, Montgomery, Alabama)
* Martin Luther King III (October 23, 1957, Montgomery, Alabama)
* Dexter Scott King (January 30, 1961, Atlanta, Georgia)
* Bernice Albertine King (March 28, 1963, Atlanta, Georgia)

The four children all have one thing in common: They have followed their father's footsteps as civil rights activists, although pet issues and opinions differ among the King children.

Mrs. King was vocal in her opposition to capital punishment and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, thus drawing criticism from conservative groups. She was also a vocal advocate of women's rights, lesbian and gay rights and AIDS/HIV prevention.

There is a medal named after Mrs. King that is awarded for excellence in children's literature.

Over the years, she not only was active in preserving the memory of her husband, but also active in other political issues. After her husband was assassinated in 1968, she began attending a commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to mark her husband's birth every January 15 (now on the third Monday in January since Martin Luther King Day was proclaimed). She also honored presidents on different occasions. Some of them include being at the state funeral of former president Lyndon Johnson, in 1973, being present when President Ronald Reagan signed legislation establishing Martin Luther King Day, and being present at the first inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001. King received honorary degrees from many institutions including Princeton University and Bates College.

On August 16, 2005, Mrs. King was hospitalized after suffering a stroke and a mild heart attack. Initially, she was unable to speak and move her right side. She was released from Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta on September 22, 2005, after regaining some of her speech and continued physiotherapy at home. Because of complications from the stroke, she was apparently unable to make her wishes known regarding the ongoing debate as to whether or not her late husband's birthplace should continue to be maintained by the city of Atlanta or The National Park Service."


Title Purchase Contributor
My Life With Martin Luther King, Jr.  Purchase Thomas Walker 

Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Feb 10, 2006 10:00am Advertisement Four Presidents and a Funeral:A spirited tribute to Mrs. King--and to democracy  Article SC Moose 
Feb 08, 2006 05:00pm Obituary Celebrating Her Spirit - Coretta Scott King (Funeral Program)  Article Thomas Walker 
Feb 07, 2006 02:00am News King Funeral turns political: Bush bashed by former President, Reverend  Article Scott³ 
Jan 31, 2006 07:00am Obituary Coretta Scott King, 78, Dies  Article Scott³ 

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Husband Martin Luther King, Jr. Jun 18, 1953-Apr 04, 1968
Son Martin Luther King, III 1957-
Father In-Law Martin Luther King, Sr. 1899-1984

  08/18/1968 US President - PFP Convention Lost 0.45% (-72.85%)
US President National Vote - Nov 04, 1980 D Jimmy Carter
GA US Senate - D Primary - Aug 05, 1980 D Zell B. Miller
NY US Senate - Nov 03, 1970 R Charles E. Goodell