Images of Coretta Scott King Grace the Library of Medicine

NIH’s theme for Black History Month is “Success Always Leaves Footprints.”

Sometimes, those footprints come from high heels.

formal photographic portrait of Mrs. King

Photo accompanied the article, “Thomas Shillea shares portraits, memories of Coretta Scott King” (Courtesy of The Morning Call)

At NLM, we’re proud to be displaying two posters featuring Coretta Scott King, civil rights leader and wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the lobby of the Lister Hill Building throughout February. They are on loan from the NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which last year shared a collection of photos capturing Dr. King and key moments and images from the Civil Rights Movement.

“Coretta Scott King was a strong and vibrant woman, a full partner, an activist in her own right—and also a woman of great dignity,” said NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD.

As Mrs. King herself notably said, “It doesn’t matter how strong your opinions are. If you don’t use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem.”

As we celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans throughout history, take some time to learn more regarding Mrs. King, black history, and African American health issues:

people march in protest along a road

June 1966: Coretta and Martin Luther King march together along a rural Mississippi road with the March Against Fear (Courtesy Academy of Achievement)

King, Coretta Scott (The King Center)

Success Always Leaves Footprints – Black History Month 2018 (NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)

A Call to Service (Circulating Now blog)

African American Health (

Clinical Trials Involving African American Subjects (

By Melanie Modlin, NLM in Focus writer

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