Coretta Scott King

Born near Marion, Alabama, in 1927, Coretta Scott King attended Antioch College and the New England Conservatory of Music, where she met her future husband, Martin Luther King Jr., a graduate theological student at Boston University. They married in 1953 and moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where
Dr. King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Mrs. King accompanied her husband in his campaign for civil rights. After her husband's assassination in 1968, she founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia, to
continue their work. . King later expanded her advocacy to include positions fighting for women's and LGBT rights, as well as world peace and opposition to apartheid in the 1980's. Her important advocacy and political work continued until her death in 2006.


Resources for Teachers and Students

Reflections on Working Towards Peace