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Coretta Scott King, human rights activist, dies age 78

The late Coretta Scott King met her husband in 1952 while they were both studying in Boston.

Coretta Scott King, human rights activist and widow of Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS’55, Hon.’59), died January 31. They met in 1952.  She was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music and he, at BU. They married in 1953. She speaks here at a 1973 youth rally at Marsh Chapel. Photo by BU Photo Services