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King, Coretta Scott

Civil rights activist Coretta Scott King was born in Heiberger, Alabama to Obie and Bernice Scott on April 27, 1927. She majored in education and music at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Because the local school system would not allow her to practice teach, Scott decided to pursue a career in music and enrolled in the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. While there, she met Martin Luther King, Jr. After a brief courtship, they married in 1953. The next year, she and King moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where he became minister of the Drexel Avenue Baptist Church and helped launch the civil rights movement. Coretta Scott King became active in the movement. After her husband’s assassination in 1968, Mrs. King continued her civil rights activities, founding the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia. Coretta Scott King served as the center’s president and chief executive officer from 1968 to 1995, when she stepped down and was succeeded by her youngest son, Dexter Scott King. She died on January 30, 2006.

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Source: Black History Salute