`First lady' of civil rights

For decades after her husband's death, she carried on with his work for equality

Coretta Scott King 1927 - 2006

February 01, 2006|By STEPHEN KIEHL | STEPHEN KIEHL,SUN REPORTER

Coretta Scott King, a pioneer of the civil rights movement who marched alongside her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in the fight for equality and carried his torch for nearly four decades after his death, died early yesterday in Mexico. She was 78.

In a statement, the King family said Mrs. King was seeking treatment for ovarian cancer at a holistic hospital in Rosarito, Mexico. The family said doctors in the United States had declared her cancer terminal and the family wanted to explore alternative treatments.

remembrances Marylanders react to her death. PG 9A

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FOR THE RECORD - The obituary of Coretta Scott King that ran in Wednesday's editions of The Sun misattributed this statement to U.S. Rep. Elijah J. Cummings: "The thing to always remember is that the baton is handed from one generation to another. You've just got to make sure, first of all, to grab it and then don't drop it." In fact, Cummings said, that was advice that Mrs. King gave to him during a meeting in Baltimore.
The Sun regrets the error.

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