Coretta Scott King, born in Alabama in 1927 and was an American writer and activist. She grew up in a musical family with four siblings and she played the trumpet, piano and sang. While studying at the Boston Conservatory, she met her future husband, Martin Luther King. Although Coretta had envisioned a music career, she realized that it was not possible if she wanted to marry Martin. It was not fitting that a wife of a Baptist preacher should be involved in music.
They married in 1953 and then moved to Montgomery, Alabama where he came to work as a pastor. Together they fought in the civil rights movement and after her husband's death in 1968 she continued his tenure. She traveled the world and gave lectures on race, economic justice, children's rights and religious freedom, etc. She also fought for a national holiday in the United States in memory of her husband, which she got through in 1986.
Coretta and martin together had 4 children who all followed in their parents' footsteps in one way or another. In 2005, the Coretta Scott King Center was founded at Antioch College, a center that focuses on issues of race, class, gender, and diversity. The center annually awards awards to draw attention to those who work for justice nationally, locally and on campus. One year after its founding, Coretta, 78, died.