(Photo John Bazemore/Associated Press) As Martin Luther King Jr. Day quickly approaches, people all over the world are making plans to reflect on the incredible, global-reaching impact King left on the U.S. through his courageous efforts to increase equity and Civil Rights for African American citizens. In the midst of all this remembrance, however, it must also be acknowledged that much of the reason the world knows of the King legacy is largely the result of the efforts of his wife, Coretta Scott-King, in the years after King was assassinated. Even though Scott-King was a visible, voracious devotee to her husband’s civil rights efforts while he was alive, the widow worked tirelessly after his untimely death to carry out the dauntless task of upholding the legacy her husband once began. According to the National Women’s History Museum, Scott-King not only supported the Civil Rights Movement, she also fought for the place of women in it: “Throughout her marriage, King appeared side by side with her husband fighting against injustice. She also openly criticized the movement’s exclusion of women.” Following King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, Scott-King had the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change built in Atlanta,… Read full this story
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