Coretta Scott King
Wife of Martin Luther King Jr, Coretta Scott King, is hailed as the "First Lady of Civil Rights." Born in 1953, in Alabama, Mrs. King went on to graduate from Antioch college, and won a scholarship to study at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Though her music career took a back seat to her family and to her passionate involvement in the initial stages of the Civil Rights Movement, she was later able to compose and perform a series of critically acclaimed Freedom Concerts that chronicled the story of the Civil Rights Movement. The concerts were eventually staged in some of America's most distinguished venues as fundraisers for the organization her husband founded, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In the 1960s, she established herself as a liaison to multiple organizations in support of Dr. King's broadened message that called for international peace and economic justice. After her husband was assassinated in 1968, Mrs. King fervently pursued the goals of her husband, beginning with the establishment of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, a living memorial to her husband's life and dream. She continued to serve the cause of justice and human rights; and her travels in this pursuit led her on goodwill missions to Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. She also led the campaign that established January 15th, Dr. King's birthday, as a national holiday in the United States. Mrs. King died in 2006 at the age of 78, but will forever remain the harmonizing voice to her husband's legacy of equality, peace, nonviolence and international social justice.
"Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated."
"Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people."