Coretta Scott King

 

Age: 78

 

Summary: civil rights activist and widow of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who assumed her husband's campaign for racial equality and social justice after his assassination in 1968, becoming one of the most prominent figures in the movement and who established the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and led the successful fight to create a federal holiday in her husband's honor in which she was criticized for endorsing the attempt by James Earl Ray, Rev. King's assassin, to win a new trial and thought that Rev. King's murder was a conspiracy.

 

 

Cause of Death: Lengthy illness

 

Born: April 27, 1927

 

Died: January 30, 2006

 

Location: Playas de Rosarito, Mexico