Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) | Road Trip

Eleven months after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the eyes of the nation focused on Charleston, South Carolina, where a conflict developed over striking workers.

On March 20, 1969 Mrs. King marched with black workers from Local 1199-B, the Nursing Home Employees Union, who had been fired after striking for higher wages and more humane working conditions. The workers sought higher wages than the $1.30 an hour offered to them by the state.

Mrs. King's presence made clear for the first time since the death of her husband that she was resolved to play an active role in his unfinished work.

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