On What Would’ve Been Her 90th Birthday, We Remember and Honor Coretta Scott King

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Coretta Scott King died in 2006 after suffering a heart attack and stroke a year earlier. (Rick Diamond/WireImage/Getty Images)

Coretta Scott King would have turned 90 years old today, April 27, and Twitter users celebrated the icon’s life and legacy using #CSK90.

Born in 1927, King was known for her musical abilities early in life and obtained a bachelor’s degree in music and education from Ohio’s Antioch College in 1945 and another degree in voice and violin from Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music during the next decade.

Her lasting impact was her involvement in social change efforts and the civil rights movement, which saw her participation in the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and celebrating Ghana’s independence two years later with a trip to the nation. Although her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was one of the most prominent leaders of the movement in the 1950s and 1960s, Scott King’s work in the movement stood on its own, including pushing for the passage of 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Scott King’s work didn’t stop after her husband’s 1968 assassination. That year, she established the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta and became president and CEO until handing over duties to her son, Dexter, in 1995. In the years after her husband’s death, Scott King became co-chair of the National Committee for Full Employment and the Full Employment Action Council forming a coalition of more than 100 organizations, including those for civil and women’s rights in 1974, and found herself and three of her children arrested in 1985 for protesting apartheid in South Africa.

Online, many remembered the life and accomplishments of Scott King, who died in 2006 at age 78.

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