Black History Moment: Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King

Alabama native and civil rights activist, Coretta Scott King, worked side-by-side with her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  Mrs King dedicated her life to helping peace and justice organizations.

She founded the King Center in 1968. The King Center is dedicated to the legacy and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It represents the movement for justice, equality and peace.

Mrs. King was declined many times but ultimately succeeded in making her husband’s birthday a federal holiday. President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation legalizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Mrs. King received awards for both her works and the works of Dr. King. In 2009, she was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame. Many refer to Mrs. King as the “First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement.”

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