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Congress honors Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King will receive posthumous Congressional Gold Medals during a special ceremony to commemorate the 1964 Civil Rights Act on June 24.

Bernice King, The King Center CEO, Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King will join Speaker John Boehner, R-OH; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV; Sen. Carl Levin, D-MI; Congressman John Lewis, D-GA; and Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Marcia Fudge to celebrate the social achievements of the elder Kings.

Bernice King said she was especially pleased that her mother, Coretta, was a co-recipient of the award.

"As founder of The King Center, my mother was really the driving force that kept my father's nonviolent leadership philosophy and legacy at the forefront of the consciousness of our nation and the world. Also, it was my father who recognized that she was a courageous partner, and acknowledged on many occasions that without her strength and unflagging dedication to the cause, he could never have made it from day to day through the movement." Bernice King said. "I really believe my mother is also deserving of this honor because she was an unwavering champion who advanced social justice for all of humanity throughout her entire life."

The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the more distinguished honors bestowed by Congress. Since 1776, other recipients include George Washington, Mother Theresa, Thomas Edison Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.

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