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People/Characters: Coretta Scott King

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Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories by Nichelle Nichols
Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange
Coretta Scott King (Journey to Freedom: The African American Library) by Cynthia Fitterer Klingel
Coretta Scott King: Civil Rights Activist (Reading Power: Women Who Shaped History) by Joanne Mattern
Coretta Scott King: Striving for Civil Rights by Anne E. Schraff
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Hunt for His Assassin by Hampton Sides
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong {revised & updated} by James W. Loewen
Martin Luther King Jr. / Laurie Calkhoven by Laurie Calkhoven
My life with Martin Luther King, Jr. by Coretta Scott King
My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater by Ted Fox
The Story of Coretta Scott King by Patricia A. Pingry
Why Me?: The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story by Sammy Davis

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Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was an American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. An active advocate for African-American equality, she was a leader for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King was also a singer who often incorporated music into her civil rights work. King met her husband while attending graduate school in Boston. They both became increasingly active in the American Civil Rights Movement.

King played a prominent role in the years after her husband's assassination in 1968 when she took on the leadership of the struggle for racial equality herself and became active in the Women's Movement. King founded the King Center and sought to make his birthday a national holiday. She finally succeeded when Ronald Reagan signed legislation which established Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on November 2, 1983. She later broadened her scope to include both advocacy for LGBT rights and opposition to apartheid. King became friends with many politicians before and after Martin Luther King's death, including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Robert F. Kennedy. Her telephone conversation with John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential election has been credited by historians for mobilizing African-American voters

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