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Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which this year falls on Jan. 21, is a federal holiday that marks the birthday (Jan. 15, 1929) of one of the United States’ most-revered civil rights leaders.

After King was killed in 1968 while standing on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, his pursuit of social justice and human rights fell upon the shoulders of his wife, Coretta Scott King. For the next 38 years until her death in 2006, it was up to Coretta to carry on her husband’s legacy.

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