Coretta Scott King

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Exhibition Label
Diane Arbus's portrait of Coretta Scott King pictures her standing on the front lawn of her Atlanta home only a short time after the assassination of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., in April 1968. While grieving his loss, Mrs. King continued to be involved in the campaigns that had so profoundly shaped their relationship. Two months after the assassination, she delivered the Class Day address at Harvard's graduation and used the occasion to speak out against the conflict in Vietnam, "a war that outrages our moral sensibility and insults our political intelligence." Several days later, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial-where her husband had spoken so eloquently five years earlier-she called on women to "lead the way of non-violence as a way of life." By the year's end, she had also announced the initiative to develop a memorial in Atlanta to honor her late husband.
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National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
© Diane Arbus © Neil Selkirk
Diane Arbus, 1923 - 1971
Neil Selkirk, born 1947
Coretta Scott King, 27 Apr 1927 - 30 Jan 2006
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Gelatin silver print
Image: 36.3 x 36.2cm (14 5/16 x 14 1/4")
Sheet: 50.4 x 40.7cm (19 13/16 x 16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
1968 (printed later)
United States\Georgia\Fulton\Atlanta
Object number
Coretta Scott King: American\African American