King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006

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Coretta Scott King (b. April 27, 1927, Marion, AL–d. Jan. 30, 2006, Rosarito Beach, Mexico) was the wife of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. She attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and earned a degree from the New England Conservatory of Music studying under Marie Sundelius. She met King in Boston and they were married in 1953. They had four children: Yolanda (1955), Martin III (1957), Dexter (1961), and Bernice (1963).The King family lived in Montgomery, Alabama.

Mrs. King conceived and performed a series of Freedom Concerts and worked alongside her husband in his Civil Rights career. After her husband’s assassination in 1968, Mrs. King founded and devoted great energy and commitment to building and developing programs for the Atlanta-based Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. In 1974 she formed a coalition dedicated to a national policy of full employment and equal economic opportunity. In 1983, she brought together more than 800 human rights organizations to form the Coalition of Conscience. She helped organize Mobilization Against Fear and Intimidation in Forsyth County, Georgia (1987). Mrs. King served as head of the U.S. delegation of Women for a Meaningful Summit in Athens, Greece (1988) and co-convener of the Soviet-American Women’s Summit in Washington, DC (1990).

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referencedIn Coretta Scott King at Stanford University [videorecording], 1986 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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contributorOf Incoming and Outgoing Correspondence of Chairperson Coretta Scott King, 1984 - 1995 United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Atlanta Branch
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referencedIn C. L. Franklin Papers, 1957-1991, 1963-1984 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
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referencedIn Records of Regional Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1956 - 2001. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster
referencedIn The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Photographs Collection, Bulk, 1930-1990, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Records, 1966-1979 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
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referencedIn Brayboy, Ella Mae, 1919-. Ella Mae Brayboy papers, 1935-1994 (bulk 1970-1991). Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Central Library
referencedIn Davies, Diana, 1938-. Papers 1960-1996 (ongoing). Smith College, Neilson Library
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creatorOf King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006. Letter, 1970 April 2 : to Charles L. Blockson. Temple University, Blockson Afro-American History Collection
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referencedIn Erik H. and Joan M. Erikson papers, 1925-1985 (inclusive) 1960-1980 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Parks, Rosa, 1913-2005. Rosa L. Parks papers, 1955-1976. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. Series 5. Charleston Medical College Hospital Strike interviews, 1979-1980, bulk 1980. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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referencedIn Kotz, Nick. Papers, 1935-2004. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Sarah-Patton Boyle Papers, ca. 1938-1988 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn General Records of the Department of Justice. 1790 - 2002. Photographs of Agency Personnel and Buildings
referencedIn United Farm Workers of America. Work Dept. United Farm Workers Work Department records, 1969-1975, (bulk 1973). Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn Martin, Louise O., 1911-1995. Louise O. Martin photographs, 1947-1970. Library of Congress
referencedIn Charles Thomas Jr. Papers, 1965-1994, 1968-1980 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968. Martin Luther King, Jr., papers, 1955-1970 (bulk 1963-1969). Library of Congress
creatorOf Speeches by Commission Chairperson Coretta Scott King, ca. 1984 - 1995 United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Atlanta Branch
referencedIn Publicity photographs of U.S. Senator Hugh Scott, 1958-1973. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Audiotape collection of the National Women's Conference, 1977 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Horowitz, Vladimir, 1903-1989. The papers of Vladimir and Wanda Toscanini Horowitz, 1784-1991 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Schulke, Flip. Coretta Scott King, funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968 [picture] / Flip Schulke. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Papers of Betty Friedan, 1933-1985 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Sam Reiss Photographs - Part II: Photographic Prints, Bulk, 1950-1975, Circa 1930-1975 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Rothschild, Jacob M., 1911-1973. Papers, 1933-1985 (bulk 1947-1973). Emory University, Robert W. Woodruff Library
referencedIn Branton, Wiley A. Papers, 1946-1989. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn Wynn, Daniel Webster, 1919-. Papers. 1936-79. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
contributorOf Correspondence of the Chairperson and the Executive Director, 1989 - 1995 United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Atlanta Branch
referencedIn General Records of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 1931 - 2003. Photographs Relating to Housing Used in the Optical Disk Project
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referencedIn Records of the U.S. Information Agency. 1900 - 2003. Hold File Photographs Relating to American Political, Cultural, and Economic Activities, Prominent U.S. and Foreign Personalities, and World Events
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associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Davies, Diana, 1938- person
associatedWith Douglas, Rosslee Tenetha Green, 1928- person
associatedWith Duke, Angier Biddle, 1915-1995 person
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correspondedWith Erikson, Erik H. (Erik Homburger), 1902-1994 person
correspondedWith Erikson, Erik H. (Erik Homburger), 1902-1994 person
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associatedWith Harvey, Claire Collins, 1916-1989. person
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associatedWith Horowitz, Vladimir, 1903-1989. person
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associatedWith Ingram, Judith Allen. person
associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 person
associatedWith Karamu House. corporateBody
associatedWith Kennedy, Florynce person
associatedWith Kennedy John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 person
spouseOf King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968. person
associatedWith Kotz, Nick. person
associatedWith Martin, Louise O., 1911-1995. person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966. person
associatedWith Merriam, Eve, 1916-1992 person
associatedWith Mississippi AFL-CIO. corporateBody
associatedWith National Peace Action Coalition. corporateBody
associatedWith National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. corporateBody
associatedWith National Union of Hospital and Nursing Home Employees. Local 1199 Drug & Hospital Union (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Women's Conference corporateBody
associatedWith New Democratic Coalition of Ohio. corporateBody
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associatedWith New York (State). Governor. corporateBody
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associatedWith Tambo, Oliver, 1917- person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Rosarito 09 MX
Marion (Ala.) US
Crescent City (Fla.) FL US
Subject
Civil rights
Occupation
Civil rights workers
Activist
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Person

Birth 1927-04-27

Death 2006-01-30

Americans

English

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