Coretta Scott King was an American civil rights activist and the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., who headed the American civil rights struggle. King was an advocate of non-violence and women’s rights. She was actively involved in the ‘Civil Rights Movement,’ with her husband. King grew up in a middle-class African–American family. While in school, she faced several hardships due to the social system, which did not allow colored children to mingle with the whites. Being a victim of racial discrimination forced King to become active in anti-racist movements. She was a talented singer and wanted to build a career in music. Her marriage to Martin Luther King Jr. changed the course of her life. She worked hand in hand with her husband, to secure equal rights for the African–American people. She was against the idea of men leading the civil rights struggle and tried to gather more female support. Following her husband’s assassination, King was required to take over the reins of the movement started by him. She broadened the scope of her work, to include LGBT rights, world peace, and several other causes. King established an organization named after her husband, to spread the message of non-violent social change. As a result of her relentless campaigns, King Jr.’s birthday was declared a national holiday. King openly criticized the system of apartheid. She is fondly remembered as the “First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement.”
April 27, 1927
Civil Rights Activist, Author
Died At Age
Place Of Death
5'7" (170 cm)
Antioch University, Antioch College, New England Conservatory of Music
Four Freedoms Award Wateler Peace Prize National Women's Hall of Fame
Obadiah Scott (1899–1998)
Bernice McMurry Scott (1904–1996)
Martin Luther King Jr.
Bernice King, Dexter Scott King, Yolanda King
Yolanda Renee King (granddaughter) Alveda King (niece)
Hulu is moving forward with its commitment to correct the dearth of public statues honoring women with the launch of Made by Her: Monuments. The initiative will see the streamer mount public works honoring civil rights activist Coretta Scott King in Atlanta, journalist and conservationist Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Miami, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Los Angeles.
Civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, wife of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., would have turned 94 years old today. Coretta’s health declined in 2005 after suffering from a stroke and heart attack, then she was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer months later. A leading expert explains to...
The organization planning a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King in Boston is getting a $1 million grant from Bank of America, company officials said Monday. The grant to King Boston will support the creation of the sculpture memorial, featuring interlocking arms and entitled “The...
How carrying the name of a civil rights icon has impacted women’s lives. It was the January 2004 King Week and Coretta Scott King was in a familiar place — sitting at the head of a table signing copies of her book, “The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.”. It...
Here's a look at the life of Coretta Scott King, civil rights and peace activist. Marriage: Martin Luther King Jr. (June 18, 1953-April 4, 1968, his death) Children: Bernice, March 28, 1963; Dexter, January 30, 1961; Martin III, October, 23, 1957; Yolanda, November 17, 1955. Education: Antioch College, B.A. in...
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The Boston Art Commission approved the final design for a Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King memorial to be placed in the Boston Common. “The Embrace” — an abstracted bronze figure drawing inspiration from a photo of the couple hugging after Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 — will stand next to the Parkman Bandstand, according to a March 17 press release by the Department of Arts and Culture.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, together with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, the Boston Art Commission (BAC), and King Boston/The Boston Foundation, announced the Boston Art Commission has voted to approve the final design for "The Embrace", by artist Hank Willis Thomas on the Boston Common, as proposed by King Boston acting by and through The Boston Foundation. "The Embrace" is a bronze figural abstraction based on a photo of an embrace between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The artwork differs from the singular, heroic form of many memorials to Dr. King and others, instead emphasizing the power of collective action, the role of women as leaders, and the forging of new bonds of solidarity out of mutual empathy and vulnerability.
When New England Conservatory’s Black Student Union honors alumna Coretta Scott King with a concert Feb. 25, they’ll also be remembering “all the people we lost this year,” says Zoe Cagan, a classical flutist and chair of the BSU. “A lot of the people who are affected the most [by...
Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife was an unsung civil rights activist with a deep passion and gift for music. “A lot of people don’t know me and think that I’m a cold, uncaring person. That I only became who I am because I’m Martin’s wife,” racial equality advocate and trained singer Coretta Scott King says in an interview with National Visionary Leadership Project.
Mia Farrow's 2-year-old granddaughter is named after Martin Luther King Jr.'s wife, Coretta Scott King. Mia Farrow is proud to say that the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his family lives on in her 2-year-old granddaughter, Coretta. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Farrow,...
It has long been said that women were the backbone of the civil rights movement. That was true even in the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the charismatic leader whose name has become synonymous with the movement. "Women were significant in his life, their intellectual production, their spiritual accompaniment....
Love is at the very essence of freedom It is the foundation of love, the desire to be loved, and the willingness for one’s humanity to experience love. In the navigation of love, and our yearning to be loved, honor and acknowledgement are part of the equation. Freedom is also synonymous with the yearning for one’s humanity to be embraced and loved. Yet, what is freedom? Does one’s ability to navigate through life, live comfortably, and experience a high-quality of living mean that another person must not have? Who determines who is worthy of living well? Of having the opportunities and access to life’s riches. Who decides if a person is considered worthy of having their chance to work their way, in acquiring the American Dream? And, where is love, in the midst of it all?
MINNEAPOLIS — On Monday morning, Dr. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made a simple request on Twitter, that resulted in her mother's name trending on social media and caused many Americans to take a closer look at the powerful legacy of Coretta Scott King as well as Dr. King.
On Monday, January 18, Bernice King, the youngest child of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., wrote, “As you honor my father today, please honor my mother, as well.” It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year.”
BOSTON (AP) — A memorial honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, is moving forward in Boston. The civil rights couple met and studied in the New England city in the 1950s. Organizers say fabrication of a towering bronze sculpture depicting arms embracing is expected to...
BOSTON (WCVB) — As the country celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the long holiday weekend, historians are reflecting on the years he and his wife, Coretta Scott King, spent in the city of Boston. Dr. King served as an assistant minister at the...