King, Coretta Scott


JFK assassination 5th anniversary commemorative cover signed by Dr. King’s widow



Autograph ID: 6528
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1927-2006) American author, activist, civil rights leader, widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., helped lead African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 60s. Her most prominent role was in the years after her husband’s 1968 assassination when she took on the leadership of the struggle for racial equality herself and became active in the women’s Movement. At Antioch College in 1945 as part of Antioch Program for Interracial Education, which recruited non-white students and gave them full scholarships in an attempt to diversify the historically white campus. She joined the Antioch chapter of the NAACP and the college’s Race Relations and Civil Liberties Committees. She transferred when she won a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she met Martin Luther King, Jr.. whom she married June 18, 1953, ceremony performed by Martin Luther King, Sr.. After completing her degree in voice and violin, moved with her husband to Montgomery, Alabama in September 1954, where she would give birth to 4 children from 1955 through 1963. She took part in the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and actively advocated for civil rights legislation, specifically the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Not long after her husband’s 1968 assassination, she decided to take the helm of the movement herself, broadening her focus to include women’s rights, LGBT rights, economic issues, world peace, and other causes. She founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, its president and CEO from its inception until she passed the leadership to son Dexter. She published her 1969 memoir, My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. She fought for years to make her husband’s January 15 birthday a national holiday, finally succeeding in 1986, when Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was made a federal holiday. During the 80s, she reaffirmed her long-standing opposition to apartheid, participating in a series of sit-in protests in Washington that prompted nationwide demonstrations against South African racial policies. In 1957, she was one of the founders of The Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (now called Peace Action). Over 14,000 people gathered for her funeral, which Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter attended, Senator Barack Obama also present.

3 3/4 x 6 1/2 envelope with commemorative cachet noting the 5th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, postmarked Chicago, November 22 1968 with JFK and Illinois stamps, signed by Mrs. King below postmark. Dr. King was assassinated April 4, 1968.”
Type: Signed Cover

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