January 31, 2006

Coretta Scott King Dies At Age 78.

Photo By: John Bazmore
Coretta Scott King, who turned a life shattered by her husband's assassination into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality, has died at age 78.

Over the years, Coretta King was with her husband in his finest hours. She was at his side as he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Sporting flat-heeled shoes, she marched beside her husband from Selma, Ala., into Montgomery in 1965 for the triumphal climax to his drive for a voting rights law.

Only days after his death at the hands of sniper James Earl Ray, she flew to Memphis with three of her children to lead the march of thousands in honour of her slain husband and to plead for his cause. Her unfaltering composure and controlled grief during those days stirred the hearts of millions.