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Corretta Scott King (1927-2006)
This Black History Month fact is in honor of Corretta Scott King who was an American civil rights activist and the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Before Corretta was known for being the ride or die strong wife of MLK Jr she was a girl from Alabama who sang and played violin. Her love of music and education lead her to graduating in high school as the valedictorian. she would later go on to get a degree -Bachelor of Arts in music and education in 1951.Working side by side with her husband throughout the 1950s and '60s, Coretta took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955, journeyed to Ghana to mark that nation's independence in 1957, traveled to India on a pilgrimage in 1959 and worked to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act, among other things. She stood tall next to her husband through the best and worst of times and raising their children in the process. After King's unfortunate 1968 assassination Scott-King carried on the fight for Civil and women's rights and made sure her late husband's legacy lived on. Coretta founded the MLK JR Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and later successfully lobbied for his birthday to recognized as a federal holiday.
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