Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed on Jan. 16 this year, is a federally-recognized holiday to celebrate the life of one of America’s most prominent activists and civil rights leaders. Though King was, by many standards, the face of the civil rights movement, he consistently cited the support of his wife, Coretta Scott King, as an influence and fundamental necessity in his work in the community and country.
In fact, Coretta’s legacy is still alive and well today. Her letter urging Congress to block the 1986 nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge recently made headlines because Sessions, now a senator, is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general. Her impassioned letter, which was never entered into the congressional record, was a crucial component to the argument against Sessions’s confirmation, only solidifying her social and political impact.
Here, we delve deeper into the life of Coretta Scott King, and learn how she too carved out a special place in American history for her work in politics and human rights.
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