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King, Coretta Scott

b. 1927 - d. 2006

Daughter of Obadiah and Bernice Scott, Coretta Scott King was the wife of Dr. King and founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. An accomplished musician, she graduated from New England Conservatory of Music after studying at Antioch College. Meeting and courting in Boston, Coretta and Martin married on June 8, 1953 and relocated to Montgomery, Alabama when Martin became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. They returned to Atlanta and Dr. King’s home church, Ebenezer Baptist, for the wider work of the movement. A deeply committed civil rights and peace activist herself, Mrs. King primarily reared their four children. Her decades-long effort finally materialized in legislation setting her late husband’s birthday as a federal holiday in 1986. She died in 2006 on January 30.

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Letter from Judy Richardson to Mrs. King

In this letter, Judy Richardson of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee asks Mrs. King to help them revise a second edition of the "Negro History Primer."

Letter from Katherine Camp to Dora McDonald

Katherine L. Camp, Chairman for the Fiftieth Anniverdary of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, writes Dora McDonald regarding plans for Dr. King's address at the banquet. Mrs. Coretta Scott King is listed as one of the sponsors for the event.

Letter From Kivie Kaplan to MLK

In this letter, Mr. Kaplan thanks "Coretta and Martin" for their cards and acknowledges the preparation of Dr. King's fourth book.

Letter from Lance Redford to Mrs. King

Lance Redford, a student in New York City, offers his condolences to Mrs. King.

Letter from Lawndale Business Men's Association

The president of the Lawndale Business Men's Association, Albert Weinberg, invites Dr. King to be the principal speaker for one of the association's events.

Letter from Leon Lowry to the King's

A. Leon Lowry invites the Kings to speak at Beulah Baptist Institutional Church in Florida for their Men's and Women's services.

Letter from Leonard E. Loper to MLK

Leonard Loper, of Mount Zion Baptist Church, writes Dr. King in hopes that he can be the keynote speaker for the church's Men's Day service.

Letter from Leonard Manning to Mrs. King

Leonard Manning offers condolences to Mrs. King following Dr. King's death.

Letter from Letitia Baldrige to MLK

Letitia Baldridge, Social Secretary for the White House, informs Dr. and Mrs. King of changes related to a reception with President Kennedy.

Letter from Lillian Smith to MLK

Lillian Smith writes to Dr. King in regards to being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, she expresses her admiration of his leadership, and how his success has helped her through her numerous hospital visits.

Letter from Lonnie MacDonald to MLK

Lonnie MacDonald, a friend of the King family, encloses a song that she has written for Dr. King. She writes that the song was inspired by his commitment to freedom as reflected by his recent actions in Birmingham, Alabama.

Letter from Loretta Abbott to MLK

Letter from Ludwig Meyer to MLK

Ludwig Meyer, Chairman of the Frankford Friends Meeting's Forum Committee, invites Dr. King to speak at his organization. Meyer states that if the date of the event is not convenient, he would like Coretta Scott King to be present.

Letter from Lula Belle Williams to Dr. and Mrs. King

Lula Williams writes Dr. and Mrs. King seeking help to pay her rent before she is evicted.

Letter from M. Steven Lubet to MLK

M. Steven Lubet is requesting the presence of Mr. and Mrs. King at the Vietnam teach-in. The teach-in is being sponsored by the Northwestern chapter of Students for a Democratic Society and its purpose is to increase people's understanding of the events occuring in Vietnam.

Letter from M. Strawder to MLK

M. Strawder welcomes Dr. King to the Chicago community while informing him of the current social struggles that they are faced with.

Letter from Marc de Jesus to Mrs. King

Marc de Jesus writes to Mrs. King following Dr. King's assassination.

Letter from Marcellus Biot to Coretta Scott King offering Condolences

Mr. Biot of Los Angeles, CA offers sympathies to Mrs. King behalf of himself and Mother Green.

Letter from Marion Dockhorn to Dr. and Mrs. King

Marion Dockhorn invites Dr. and Mrs. King to attend the 5th Annual Bucks County World Peace Fair. Dockhorn believes that Dr. King's attendance will boost support for the civil rights movement by providing a place to "spread [the] message."

Letter from Martin Peretz to MLK

In this letter, Martin Peretz of Harvard University, expresses interest in having lunch with Andrew Young, Dr. King and his wife after a Belafonte Concert in Boston.

Letter from Martin Sargent to Andrew Young

Martin Sargent writes Reverend Young to clarify logistics and planning for an upcoming SCLC international fundraising event to be held in France. Sargent provides a number of French individuals and organizations that can be of possible assistance to this effort.

Letter from Martin Sargent to MLK

Martin Sargent expresses his and the American Church in Paris' appreciation for Dr. King's attendance and participation.

Letter from Marvin T. Robinson to MLK

In this letter, Pastor Robinson of Friendship Baptist Church in Pasadena, sends Dr. King a $200 contribution from Mr. Hayakwa.

Letter from Marvin T. Robinson to MLK

Reverend Marvin T. Robinson, Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, requests that Dr. King submit a written statement on personal stationary for the Souvenir Journal, a Seventy-Fifth Anniversary release issued by the Friendship Baptist Church.

Letter from Mary Grooms to Coretta Scott King

Mrs. Mary H. Grooms writes Mrs. Coretta Scott King expressing her support for Dr. King and the upcoming March on Washington. She also requests that Dr. King reach out to leaders in the North who have sought to emulate his methods.

Letter from Mary Mikutel to Mrs. King

Young Mary Mikutel offers her condolences to Mrs. King in the wake of Dr. King's assassination.

Letter from Mary R. Hunt to Mrs.King Regarding Recommendation for Employment

Ms. Hunt, Director of the Extramural Department for Antioch College, sends Mrs. King the resume and photo of Dixie Lee Kisor for employment consideration.

Letter from Mary Tumbull to Dr. and Mrs. King

Mrs. Turnbull expresses her gratitude to Dr. and Mrs. King for their hard work in human rights.

Letter from Matilda Ressy to Mrs. King

Matilda Ressy sends her condolences to Mrs. King following Dr. King's death.

Letter from Maude L. Ballou to Mrs. King about MLK Schedule

The secretary of Dr. King's first pastorate, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, sent this correspondence to Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The letter addresses Dr. King's itinerary, upon his return to Montgomery, and hopes for his full recovery, following his 1958 stabbing in Harlem.

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