LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A prominent civil rights leader in Kentucky who became the state’s first woman and African-American elected to the state’s Senate has died. Georgia Davis Powers was 92.
Raoul Cunningham, Kentucky NAACP president and longtime friend, says Powers died at about 3:40 a.m. at her brother’s house in Louisville.
Her career in the Kentucky Senate spanned from 1968 to 1989.
The Louisville Democrat gained national attention after she said in her autobiography she had a yearlong affair with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and was with him at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, the night before he was killed.
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In “I Shared the Dream,” Powers said the affair started about three years after she first met King and ended when he was assassinated in 1968.