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,
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.
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