Coretta In The Civil Rights Movement

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Equality was the main principle of the civil rights movement. Black people were looking to have the same opportunities as white people. They strove to eliminate segregation and racism. This was not an easy task. A lot of pain and violence found those involved in the civil rights movement. There were countless numbers of protests and arrests. People lost their lives. Black people were no longer slaves, but they still were not free. They wanted freedom to use whatever door, drinking fountain, bus seat, etc. that they wanted to. There were laws in place that made it very dangerous for African Americans to go against the laws of the time. That did not stop inspiring people from stepping forward to lead the fight. One of these leaders was Coretta…show more content…
The day before his funeral, she literally took his place and marched with the Poor People’s Campaign striking sanitation workers. Her whole goal became to carry on his mission and philosophies. She wrote My Life with Martin Luther King Jr., which told of “their life together and the philosophy of nonviolence as a tool for combating injustice” (Tindal, 2010). Coretta joined the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, served as a delegate for the Women’s Strike for Peace Disarmament Conference in Geneva, cofounded the National Committee for Full Employment, taught music at Morris Brown College, established the King Center in Atlanta and brought about the creation of the federal holiday honoring MLK Jr. (King, 2010). Coretta suffered several heart attacks and strokes in 2005. She passed away on January 30, 2006, from heart failure and ovarian cancer (Tindal, 2010). Coretta left behind a legacy of a life’s work to advancing civil rights. She advocated for religious freedom, economic justice and racial equality. She fought for the human rights for all the disadvantaged people of the world. Corrie won dozens of awards, honorary degrees, and other forms of public recognition. She wrote, contributed to or edited countless numbers of books. Mrs. King founded, was on the board of directors, or belonged to numerous foundations and organizations, all of which promoted her legacy of peaceful means for change (King,
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