Corretta Scott King

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Corretta Scott King

Corretta Scott King

Early Life *"Coretta was born on April 27, 1927 in Heiberger, a small, rural,  segregated place in Alabama."(Rhodes Pg.23) *As well as stated "Coretta was named after her deceased grandmother Cora"(Rhodes Pg. 23)*As of education Mrs. King "graduated valedictorian from Lincoln High School."(The King Center)*Afterward she procceded to go to college and as stated,"She received a B.A. in music and education from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and then went on to study concert singing at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music, where she earned a degree in voice and violin."*Also while in Boston Mrs. King "met Martin Luther King, Jr. who was then studying for his doctorate in systematic theology at Boston University."(The King Center)

About Her Faimily *"During Dr. King’s career, Mrs. King devoted most of her time to raising their four children: Yolanda Denise (1955), Martin Luther, III (1957), Dexter Scott (1961), and Bernice Albertine (1963)."(The King Center) *Currently it's said, "The surviving children manage the King Center and their father's estate."(Biography)*Her and Mr.King "got married on June 18, 1953 on the lawn of Coretta's mother's house in Marion, Alabama."(King Institute)*The children all have took paths following their parents dream and all being in some way active in being adovacates and serving in the community, as well as participating in movemments.

Her Accomplishments*"Coretta Scott King established a distinguished career in activism in her own right. Working side-by-side with her husband throughout the 1950s and 1960s, King took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and worked to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act."( Editors)*"She campaigned for global peace and for racial and social justice until her death, at age 78."(The King Center)*"Coretta Scott King tirelessly carried the message of nonviolence and the dream of the beloved community to almost every corner of our nation and globe. She led goodwill missions to many countries in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia. She spoke at many of history’s most massive peace and justice rallies."(The King Center)*"She founded in Atlanta the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change (commonly known as the King Center)."(Brittanica)*"Mrs. King slobbying campaign to establish Dr. King’s birthday as a national holiday. And in January 1986, Mrs. King oversaw the first legal holiday in honor of her husband."( Editors)

Mrs.Kings Work*"On March 21, Corretta, Martin, the sclc leadership, and thousands of supporters left Selma for Montgomery on a four-day march"(Rhodes Pg. 106) *"Corretta was especially drawn to the South african freedom struggle of Mandela becacause Mandela and his wife Winnie appeared to ealk the same path she and Martin had traveled during their years together." (Rhodes Pg. 109) *"She challenged a ban on letting blacks student-teach in local schools and supported Henry Wallace’s Progressive Party bid for the presidency in 1948." (Theoharis)*"She connected the expansion of gay rights to the struggle for racial justice, quoting her late husband: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”(Theoharis) *"She lent her support to pro-democracy movements world-wide and consulted with many world leaders, including Corazon Aquino, Kenneth Kaunda, and Nelson Mandela."  (The King Center)  *"She played a critical role in many of the civil rights campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s, performing in freedom concerts that included poetry recitation, singing, and lectures related to the history of the civil rights movement. The proceeds from these concerts were donated to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference."(King Institute)*"She was present at the creation of the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy in 1957 and represented Women’s Strike for Peace at a nuclear-disarmament conference in Geneva in 1962."(Theoharis)*"In 1965, she addressed an anti-war rally at Madison Square Garden, in New York. Later that year, she took her husband’s place when he changed his mind about addressing a peace rally in Washington, D.C."(Theoharis)

*"On January the 30th 2006, Coretta Scott King died in her sleep at a holistic health center in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. She was 78 years old. "(King Institute)


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