The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King

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Coretta Scott King in Atlanta, 1969

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Coretta Scott King died Monday night, in bed at a holistic health center in Mexico, just south of San Diego. She was 78 years old. King took up the torch of human rights, founded the King Center for Non-Violent Social Change, campaigned to establish her husband's birthday as a national holiday, fought to protect his image, and came to be regarded as the matriarch of the civil rights movement.


Juan Williams, NPR senior correspondent

Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Civil Rights trilogy America in the King Years

Maya Angelou, poet, author and civil right activist

Cory Booker, Newark, N.J., mayoral candidate

Ron Walters, distinguished leadership scholar and professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland

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