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C., as part of the Poor People's Campaign that her husband had been planning when he was killed.

Clayton says some members of King's inner circle did not want Coretta Scott King to make that trip to Memphis. Stanford's Clayborne Carson is editor of Martin Luther King's papers.

He says they show that Coretta Scott King was committed to those principles even before she met Martin in Boston.

Coretta Scott King wanted to see that mission through, says Xernona Clayton, a close friend of the family.

"She said 'I think I need to go to finish his work.

"My love for you is based on such a solid foundation that the stormy winds of anger cannot blow it asunder," he wrote.

Carson says the letter turns from that kind of poetic romance to more intellectual matters. He's leading a poor people's campaign and he's trying to build a community that transcends race or color," says Carson.He was enrolled at the Boston University School of Theology, and was dedicated to a social gospel. And she coming from her political activism," he says. And it's a wonderful love story." He points to a letter Martin Luther King wrote on July 18, 1952, that's published in .Carson says Martin was miffed that Coretta Scott King had declined an invitation to go home to Atlanta with him to meet his parents.Coretta Scott King was often referred to as the "first lady of civil rights," known primarily as the wife and then widow of the Rev. But her presence in Memphis, Tenn., just four days after her husband was slain there, was the act of a civil rights leader in her own right. "I ask the question, 'How many men must die before we can really have a free and true and peaceful society?On April 8, 1968, Coretta Scott King wore a black lace headscarf as she led a march through downtown Memphis. " "I just think that that was one of the most incredibly brave acts in my lifetime," says Clayborne Carson, a professor of history and director of the Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute at Stanford University."To have the courage to go back to the place where her husband was assassinated with her kids and with the history of the previous violence that had brought Martin back to Memphis," he says.