Civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King, Jr..
She graduated valedictorian from Lincoln Normal School, where she played trumpet and piano, and first gained notice when she became the first black person in her neighborhood to own a truck.
After her husband's assassination she took on a leadership role in the struggle for racial equality herself and also became active in the Women's Movement and the LGBT rights movement.
She married Dr. Martin Luther King in 1953, and the couple had four children together.
President Jimmy Carter provided an oration during her funeral, which was held at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, where her husband's was also held.
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