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Coretta Scott King

Posted by Richard on January 31, 2006

Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., died last night, apparently in her sleep:

Former Mayor Andrew Young said on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Web site that Bernice King found her mother at about 1 a.m.

Young, who was a former civil rights activist and was close to the King family, told NBC’s "Today" show: "I understand that she was asleep last night and her daughter went in to wake her up and she was not able to and so she quietly slipped away. Her spirit will remain with us just as her husband’s has."

To continue Dr. King’s work, Mrs. King founded the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and she campaigned successfully to have his birthday declared a national holiday in 1983.

Mrs. King, who was 78, suffered both a stroke and a heart attack last year and has been in poor health. May she rest in peace.

UPDATE: Regarding what happened at Mrs. King’s funeral, see Utterly classless and One more King funeral quote.

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