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Coretta Scott

(1927-04-27)April 27, 1927
Died January 30, 2006(2006-01-30) (aged 78)
Nationality American
Occupation Civil rights, women's rights, gay rights, human rights, equal rights activist, author
Spouse(s) Martin Luther King, Jr.
Children Yolanda King (deceased)
Martin Luther King III
Dexter Scott King
Bernice King
Parent(s) Obadiah Scott
Bernice McMurray Scott
Family Martin Luther King, Sr. (father-in-law)
Alberta Williams King (mother-in-law)
Christine King Farris (sister-in-law)

Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader. She was the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Scott King helped lead the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

Scott King played an important role in the years after her husband's 1968 assassination when she took on the leadership of the struggle for racial equality herself and became active in the Women's Movement.

Coretta Scott was born in Heiberger, Alabama, the third of four children of Obadiah Scott (1899–1998) and Bernice McMurry Scott (1904–1996). She studied at Lincoln Normal School and at Antioch College.

King was married to Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1953 until his death in 1968. They had four children: Dexter Scott King; Yolanda King; Bernice Albertine King and Martin Luther King III

King was in a hospital in Rosarito Beach, Mexico after she had a stroke and had ovarian cancer. She died on January 30, 2006 in the hospital from a stroke and respiratory failure, aged 78.

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