Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others. ~ Coretta Scott King
Truth: Coretta Scott King was a silent force behind celebrated civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Her support helped fuel a man to inspire a nation for change. Yet, the details of her life often go unspoken. Here’s a mini bio about this great woman’s life.
Born to Obadiah Scott and Bernice McMurry on April 27, 1927, Coretta was the third child in her family. Although economic constraints forced her to pick cotton along side siblings, education was stressed by her parents. They wanted their children to obtain a higher education, Coretta didn’t let them down.
Coretta went to Antioch College in Yellow Springs subsequent to graduating at the top of her high school class. There, she studied music. However, because of her race, the school board denied her to perform the two years of preliminary teaching necessary to get a certificate. As a result, she had to complete these duties at a privately run school. Then, this gifted lady continued on to study concert singing at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. Consequently, this experience convinced King to be more active in issues regarding social and political injustice.
In 1948, Coretta Scott King sat in on her first National Political Convention as a student delegate. In addition, she became a member of the Antioch campus NAACP, Race Relations and Civil Liberties Committees. Through these groups, King realized she’d spend her life working on social reform. Therefore, unsurprisingly, five years later, she met and wed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As a newlywed and following graduation from the New England Conservatory of Music, King move to Montgomery, Alabama with her spouse. In this city, Martin was appointed pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Over the next decade, they had four children – Yolanda Denise, Martin Luther III, Dexter Scott and Bernice Albertine. While expanding their family, the kings began to impact the world.
With the aid of Coretta Scott King, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brought the Civil Rights Movement to the forefront. By her husband’s side, she participated in sit-ins, rallies and marches that enacted social change. Even after the assassination Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she carried on the work. Coretta traveled the world speaking out against social injustice, co-founding organizations such as the Black Leadership Forum and the Black Leadership Roundtable. This elegant leader also led efforts to establish a holiday in honor of her late spouse. Ms. King also founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change which promotes Dr. King’s legacy of equal rights, justice and peace.
On January 30, 2006, age 78, Coretta Scott King passed away. At her funeral, she was celebrated by her children. All of them agreed that she impacted society in a mighty way.