Coretta Scott King

By: Ashonti Johnson

Coretta Scott King was born on April 27, 1927 in Marion AL. She was a Civil Rights Activist

Her parents were farmers and it was hard for them to live with three children. Coretta and her sisters helped around the farm. She made money by working for neighbors. As a child she experienced all the racism and segregation. Her family was impoverished. She had to walk at least five miles to a one-room crossroad school in Marion AL.

In 1947 she began attending Antioch College in yellow springs, Ohio. She would earn a Bachelors in music. She also studied concert singing at Boston's new England Conservatory of music.

On June 8, 1953 she met Martin Luther King Jr and they got married in Marion AL. On November 17, 1955 they had there daughter Yolanda Denise in Montgomery AL and also she took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A year later January 30, 1956 a bomb was thrown into the home while Coretta was home with baby Yolanda but no one was hurt.

Then in 1961 she had Dexter King in Atlanta. Two years later in 1963 she had Bernice Albertine king in Atlanta.

On August 28, 1963 her husband Martin Luther King Jr delivered his "I have a dream" speech. She was also there to support him because she was a Civil Rights Activist.

On April 4, 1968 her husband Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

Then in 2006 she suffered from a stroke and she passed away on January 30, 2006.

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