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Coretta Scott King

Martin Luther King Jr. Contest

Greta Becker

on 14 December 2012

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Coretta Scott King Coretta Scott King Born in Heiberger, Alabama on April 27, 1927
Received her undergraduate from Antioch University
Became involved in the Civil Rights Movement and joined the local NAACP
Won a scholarship to New England Music Conservatory where she met Martin Luther King Jr. while he was studying at Boston University
Married by the groom's father June 18, 1953 Early Life Her life with MLK Continuing the Dream "I am indebted to my wife Coretta, without whose love, sacrifices, and loyalty neither life nor work would bring fulfillment. She has given me words of consolation when I needed them and a well-ordered home where Christian love is a reality." mother Moved to Montgomery where her husband became the pastor of Dexter Baptist Church
Had four children together
Martin was elected leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
In 1956 a white supremacist bombed the King family home but Coretta and her child escaped without injury
Together they lead peaceful protests and marches which lead to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
In the 1960s, Dr. King broadened his message and his activism to embrace causes of international peace and economic justice. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
Just four days after his death she led a march of fifty thousand people through the streets of Memphis
She built The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
Gave hundreds of speeches, abroad as well as at home spreading Dr. King's message of justice
Was active in organizations such as the National Council of Negro women and the Women's Strike for Peace
Formed the Full Employment Action Council, an organization dedicated to a national policy of full employment and equal economic opportunity
Her travels took her throughout the world on goodwill missions to Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia
Later in life, she worked to improve AIDS education and diminish gun violence "It was my cause, and that's the way I felt about it. So when my husband was no longer there, then I could continue in that cause, and I prayed that God would give me the direction for my life, to give me the strength to do what it was, and the ability to do what it was that he had called me to do."
-Coretta Scott King Coretta Scott King is influential to all of us for many reasons. Living in the background of the most powerful man in civil right's history was not an easy job. Coretta supported her husband and their dreams to end injustice's in the world. Despite the many dangers that went along with this movement, she remained a stable force for her family and stayed devoted to her faith. Even after her husband died, she continued his works and incorporated many new concepts especially dealing with the right's of women in order to inch closer to achieving The Dream. Martin Luther King Jr. Interview Citations "Coretta Scott King Biography." Academy of Achievement. A Museum of Living History, 18 Apr. 2012. Web. 9 Dec. 2012. <http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/kin1bio-1>.

"Coretta Scott King Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, 2012. Web. 9 Dec. 2012. <http://www.biography.com/people/coretta-scott-king-9542067>. Difference in my life I can certainly relate Coretta Scott King's values to my life. She saw the importance of the role of women in our society and pushed for equal opportunities for all of us. She one said "Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul." In our schools and communities it's often thought that if you're not out in front you're not making a difference. In reality it's often the people who aren't in the limelight who achieve the most good. As a shy person I like to think that I lead by example. Coretta Scott King may not have had the public speaking talents of MLK, but she was a loyal supporter of their cause, their family, and their faith. When we are faced with trial it's easy to give up. When you get injured in a sport or get a poor grade on a test, you you just want to quit, but after the devastating loss of her husband Coretta Scott King knew that was not an option. We know that if we want to make a difference in the world, like Coretta, we have to get past ourselves and our problems and work for the good of others.
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