Remembering Coretta Scott King on her 89th Birthday

• The Civil Rights pioneer was born on April 27, 1927 in Heiberger, Alabama.

 

• She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she majored in voice and piano. She would later meet her future husband Martin Luther King, II there in Boston.

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• They married on June 18, 1953. King’s father performed the ceremony.

 

• In 1954, she became the first lady of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

 

• On November, 17 1954 they welcomed their first child, a daughter Yolanda.

 

• From 1955  –  1968, she was very instrumental in her husband’s efforts in the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans.

 

• Including the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.

 

• She also participated in the March on Washington in 1963 and countless other protests.

 

• The couple would go on to have three more children Bernice, Dexter and Martin Luther King, Jr. III.

 

• On April 4, 1968 her husband was assassinated.

 

• King continued her husband’s legacy, filling in for him at various events after his death. Throughout the rest of her life she advocated heavily for King’s national holiday, women’s rights and world peace issues.

 

• King died at the age of 79 on January 30, 2006.

 

• We salute Coretta Scott King for her contributions to our freedom. Rest in Power.

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