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Thousands pay their respects to the widow of Dr Martin Luther King

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Thousands pay their respects to the widow of Dr Martin Luther King

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A sumptuous funeral has been held in the United States for the widow of the civil rights campaigner Dr Martin Luther King. Coretta Scott-King died at the age of 78, having dedicated her life to perpetuating her husband’s legacy, following his murder in 1968. Four US Presidents past and present were among the thousands of mourners at the church in Atlanta. President George W Bush paid tribute to Mrs Scott-King: “Having loved a leader, she became a leader and when she spoke, America listened closely, because her voice carried the wisdom and gentleness of a life well lived. In that life, Coretta Scott King knew danger, she knew injustice, she knew terrible grief.” Earlier in the week, tens of thousands of mourners braved the rain to file past Mrs Scott-King’s open coffin to pay their respects. Flags are being flown at half-mast at all US Government buildings, military posts and diplomatic missions abroad. Coretta Scott-King leaves four children from her marriage.