The Woman Behind the Man: Corretta Scott King


Akia Barnes, Staff Writer

Corretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King(born April 27, 1927, Marion, Alabama, U.S.—died January 30, 2006, Rosarito, Mexico), was an American civil rights activist who was the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. Following the assassination of her husband in 1968 she continued to be active in the civil rights movement. She founded in Atlanta the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change (commonly known as the King Center). Other than being an amazing wife and mother she also created a name for herself. In 1969 she established an annual Coretta Scott King Award to honor an African American author of an outstanding text for children, and in 1979 a similar award was added to honor an outstanding African American illustrator. Everyone knows Martin Luther King but it’s very important to remember the people who helped keep his legacy alive.



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