Coretta Scott King Fast Facts

American civil rights campaigner, and widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King (1927 - 2006) stands behind a podium covered in microphones at Peace-In-Vietnam Rally, Central Park, New York, April 27, 1968.

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Coretta Scott King, civil rights and peace activist.

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Birth date: April 27, 1927
Death date: January 30, 2006
    Birth place: Marion, Alabama
    Birth name: Coretta Scott
    Father: Obidiah Scott
    Mother: Bernice (McMurray) Scott
    Marriage: Martin Luther King Jr. (June 18, 1953-April 4, 1968, his death)
    Children: Bernice, March 28, 1963; Dexter, January 30, 1961; Martin III, October, 23, 1957; Yolanda, November 17, 1955
    Education: Antioch College, B.A. in music and education, 1951; New England Conservatory of Music, voice and violin, 1954
    Religion: Baptist

    Other Facts

    She didn't believe James Earl Ray murdered her husband, but rather that his assassination was the result of a government conspiracy.
    Valedictorian of her high school class.

    Timeline

    June 18, 1953 - Marries Martin Luther King Jr.
    1954 - Moves to Montgomery, Alabama, with her husband when he is named pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.
    1957 - Accompanies her husband to Ghana to celebrate its independence from Great Britain.
    1960s - Performs in a series of Freedom Concerts to raise money for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
    April 4, 1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on his hotel balcony by James Earl Ray.
    April 8, 1968 - Leads a silent march of 50,000 people through the streets of Memphis, Tennessee. The next day, she makes a televised speech at her husband's funeral.
    July 1, 1968 - She is the first woman to deliver the class day address at Harvard University.
    1968 - Establishes and works for the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
    1974 - Develops the Full Employment Action Council, which was a group of over 100 religious, business, labor, civil and women's rights organizations dedicated to a national policy of full employment and equal economic opportunity.
    1981 - Dedicates The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, GA, a project she worked on for over a decade.
    1983 - Forms the Coalition of Conscience, a group of over 800 human rights organizations that sponsors the 20th and 25th anniversary of the March on Washington.
    1983 - Lobbies Congress to pass an act to create a national holiday in honor of her late husband. The holiday is first observed in 1986 on the third Monday in January.
    1990 - Co-host of the Soviet-American Women's Summit in Washington, DC.
    1995 - Steps down as chairman and chief executive officer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
    January 21, 2002 - Visits the White House on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
    January 15, 2004 - King and President George W. Bush lay a wreath at Dr. King's tomb on what would have been his 75th birthday.
    August 16, 2005 - Is admitted to the hospital in fair condition after having a major stroke and mild heart attack.
    September 22, 2005 - Is released from the hospital.
    January 30, 2006 - Dies at a center for holistic medicine in Mexico.
    February 4, 2006 - Is the woman and first African-American to lie in repose in the Rotunda of the Georgia State Capitol. Governor Sonny Perdue's office estimates that over 42,000 mourners visit King during viewing hours.
      February 6, 2006 - Llies in repose at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. More than 115,000 visitors come to pay their respects, according to the National Park Service.
      February 7, 2006 - Funeral at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, where her daughter, Bernice, is a minister. Among those in attendance are President George W. Bush and Laura Bush; former presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter; members of the US Congress and civil rights leaders.