In fact, it was Coretta who urged her husband to Washington, DC where he would speak to a crowd estimated to be 250,000 strong giving his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Suddenly on April 4, 1968, the unthinkable happened – Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Four days after her husband’s murder Coretta King transported her family to Memphis where they marched for Civil Rights in a protest march Dr. King had been scheduled to lead. The crowd was overcome with sadness, but they marched to keep Dr. King’s fight visible and moving forward.
As Coretta pressed forward within the civil rights movement, she founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, commonly known as the King Center.
In 1969 she established an annual Coretta Scott King Award to honor an African-American children’s book author and in 1979 another award was created to honor an outstanding African-American illustrator. She wrote a memoir, My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. with her son Dexter and in 1968 completed The Martin Luther King, Jr. Companion: Quotations from the Speeches, Essays, and Books of Martin Luther King, Jr. Her posthumous memoir My Life, My Love, My Legacy published in 2017 was based on interviews with journalist Barbara Reynolds.
In 1983 her hard work had a permanent impact when a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was signed into law. Coretta Scott King died on January 30, 2006. The presidents and heads of states who attended her funeral expressed their sadness in losing another prominent figure in the fight for equality.
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