As a young woman, her vocal talent gained her wide recognition, but it would be her marriage to a prominent civil rights leader that would propel her onto the national stage.

An activist in her own right, she picked up the torch after her husband’s life was cut short by an assassin’s bullet, and made it her life’s work to advocate for equal rights for all, no matter the race, creed, or sexual orientation. Later in life, she succeeded in petitioning the president to make her husband’s birthday a national holiday.

She’s Coretta Scott King, and what she did matters.

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