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Coretta Scott King was the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr (1929–1968) She has gained an international reputation as an advocate (someone that supports a cause) for civil rights, nonviolence, international peace, and equal rights for women Coretta Scott was born on April 27, 1927, in Perry County, Alabama Her parents, Obadiah and Bernice Scott, were farmers The Scott family had owned land in the area since the American Civil War (1861–65) Even though the Scotts were more successful than most African Americans in the area, life for them and their three children was difficult Coretta, along with her mother and sister, tended the family garden and crops, fed the chickens and hogs, and milked the cows Scott's early schooling was affected by the system of segregation, which kept people of different races apart She walked six miles a day to and from school while white students traveled by bus to schools with better facilities and teachers.

After completing six grades at the elementary school that "did not do much to prepare" her, Scott enrolled in Lincoln High School in Marion, Alabama Lincoln "was as good as any school, white or black, in the area," said Scott She developed an interest in music at Lincoln and, with encouragement from her teachers, decided to pursue a career in it In 1945 Scott graduated as valedictorian (the student having the highest grades) of her high school class and won a scholarship to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio Eager to leave the South, Scott enrolled at Antioch only to discover that racism (a dislike or disrespect of someone solely based on his or her race) was very much alive there also Being the first African American to major in elementary education at Antioch created problems for her Such a major required a two-year internship, or training period—one year teaching in the Antioch private elementary school and the other in the Ohio public schools The year at the Antioch school, where Scott taught music, went well The Yellow Springs school board, however, refused to allow Scott to teach in its school system because of her race The student body was integrated, meaning that it contained both black and white students, but the faculty (teachers and members of the administrative staff) was all white.

Scott was given the option of going to Xenia, Ohio, and teaching in an all-black school or remaining at the Antioch private school for a second year She chose to stay at the Antioch school Discrimination (unequal treatment based on race) made Scott more determined than ever She joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as well as a race-relations committee and a civil liberties committee She later said, "I was active on all of them From the first, I had been determined to get ahead, not just for myself, but to do something for my people and for all people I took to my heart the words of Horace Mann [1796–1859], 'Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity'" Scott's years at Antioch were rewarding despite her unfortunate teaching experience Her time there renewed and strengthened the values of giving and sharing that she had learned at home and at Lincoln High School She learned to work toward excellence, crediting the school with helping lead her to believe "that individuals as well as society could move toward the democratic ideal of brotherhood.

" At Antioch, Scott developed confidence that she could compete with "all people of all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds" on their terms or on her own She claimed that "the total experience of Antioch" was an important element in preparing her for the role as wife of Martin Luther King Jr and for her part in the civil rights movement (the organized effort to gain full equality for African Americans in the United States) he led While Coretta Scott was at Antioch she realized that she wanted to continue in music and to develop her voice to its fullest potential She enrolled in the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in music It was in Boston that she met Martin Luther King Jr They were married on June 18, 1953 Her decision to marry the young minister meant giving up her career as a performing concert musician In 1954 the Kings moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where they led the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church It was in Montgomery that they were pushed into the leadership of the civil rights movement.

Martin Luther King Jr was recognized as the movement's leader, but Coretta Scott King was very much a part of it as well She was actively involved in organizing and participating in the marches and boycotts (a form of protest in which organizers refuse to have dealings with a person, a store, or an organization until policies or positions are changed) She also gave "freedom concerts," in which she sang, read poetry, and gave lectures on the history of civil rights, to raise funds for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC; an organization that was founded by Martin Luther King Jr in 1957 to help local groups in their efforts to gain equality for African Americans) and for the civil rights movement She also gave speeches all over the country, often standing in for her husband After the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, Coretta Scott King continued to work for the civil rights movement Four days after the violent murder of her husband, the grieving widow and three of her four children returned to Memphis to lead the march Martin had organized In June 1968 she spoke at the Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D.

C, a rally her husband had been planning before his death Then, in May 1969 she led a demonstration of striking hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina In addition to her role in the civil rights movement, King was active in the peace movement She called the Vietnam War (1955–75; a civil war in which US-backed forces in South Vietnam fought against a takeover by forces from North Vietnam), "the most cruel and evil war in the history of mankind" In 1961 as a representative for the Women's Strike for Peace, she attended a seventeen-nation arms-reduction conference in Geneva, Switzerland Later, King was concerned with full employment (or providing access to jobs for all people who are able to work) She testified in Washington in favor of the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978, which was aimed at reducing both unemployment and rates of price increases.

She also supported equal rights and justice for women King also led and worked on several national committees and continued to serve on the board of directors of the SCLC She was president of the Martin Luther King Jr Center for Social Change, located in Atlanta, Georgia The Kings' youngest son, Dexter Scott King (1961–), took over as leader of the King Center in 1995 Coretta Scott King continues to work in support of world peace, full employment, and social justice Furthermore, her commitment to nonviolence is as strong as ever .



 
Clips from Coretta Scott Kings funeral
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Remarks by President Clinton at Coretta Scott Kings funeral
A moving speech given by President Bill Clinton at Coretta Scott King's funeral on February 7, 2006.
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Coretta Scott King: My Childhood as a Tomboy / Growing into a Lady
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Ms. Coretta Scott King at Stanford on November 6th, 1986
Ms. King addresses the questions of Stanford students after her speech.
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R.I.P MRS CORETTA SCOTT KING FIVE YEARS LATER JAN 30TH 2011
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Coretta Scott King Sings - There Is A Balm In Gilead
Coretta Scott King Sings There Is A Balm In Gilead at The Funeral of The Four Little Girls Church Bombing in Birmingham AL.
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1996 Atlanta Gay Pride Festival Speech by Coretta Scott King
For historical and educational purposes only. Mrs. Coretta Scott King speaks at the 1996 Atlanta Pride Festival in Piedmont Park in Atlanta Georgia. Listen t...
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MAYA ANGELOU
Dr. Angelou speaking at the funeral of Coretta Scott King.
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Coretta Scott King: Major Public Misperception of Me
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Coretta Scott King Funeral (at MLK site)
glimpse of the burial from a spectator's point of view.
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Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowerys Tribute To Mrs. Coretta Scott King
Dr. Joesph Lowery Pays Tribute To Mrs. Coretta Scott King FULL POST at http://BlackInTime.Info.
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Coretta Scott King Eulogy
This is a story of hope. This is a story of sacrifice. This is a story of a life of an individual that saw the needs of the oppressed ahead of her own. This ...
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Coretta Scott King giving a speech
http://www.argentaimages.com Coretta Scott King addresses the crowds at the Vietnam Moratorium demonstration in Washington DC on November 15, 1969.
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The Diary of a Single Mother: Mrs. Coretta Scott King
Elder Bernice King's tribute to her mother Coretta Scott King who became a single mom of four after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.
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rev. joseph lowery: coretta scott king eulogy
reverend joseph lowery manages to bash president bush at the coretta scott king eulogy.
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Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery at Coretta Scott Kings funeral
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Film it Up by Coretta Scott King Young Womens Leadership Academy
During the Spring 2013 semester at CSKYWLA, Zaire Love was granted the opportunity to teach 8 young women about film and songwriting. Only 5 girls are ...
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The Courage and Faith of Civil Rights Champion Coretta Scott King
http://SupremeMasterTV.com • AJAR1385; Aired on 30 Jun 2010 This video presents the life of Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr, a civil ri...
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