Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, one of Martin Luther Kingâ€™s top aides, said Coretta Scott Kingâ€™s fortitude rivaled that of her husband. â€œShe was strong, if not stronger than he was,â€ Young said.
Coretta Scott King was a supportive lieutenant to her husband during the most dangerous and tumultuous days of the civil rights movement, and after his assassination in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, she carried on his work while also raising their four children.
â€œIâ€™m more determined than ever that my husbandâ€™s dream will become a reality,â€ the young widow said soon after his slaying.
She pushed and goaded politicians for more than a decade to have her husbandâ€™s birthday observed as a national holiday, achieving success in 1986. In 1969 she founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta and used it to confront hunger, unemployment, voting rights and racism.
â€œThe center enables us to go out and struggle against the evils in our society,â€ she often said.
She also accused movie and TV companies, video arcades, gun manufacturers and toy makers of promoting violence.
She was 78 years old.