Coretta Scott King

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Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King was born on April 27, 1927 in Heiberger, Alabama. Heiberger was a small segregated town. Coretta’s parents were Obadiah and Bernice Scott. She has an older sister named Edythe and a younger brother, Obie. Coretta was named after her grandmother Cora Scott. Her family was hard working and devoted Christians. Coretta had a strong temper, feared no one and stood up for herself. Coretta, Edythe and Obie had to walk three miles to an all-black school in Heiberger. Coretta faced many challenges in school and when she would come back from school she would ask her mother why is this happening. Her mother encouraged her to do her best in school and not to worry about anything except education.
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She learned to play the piano and the trumpet at her school. Coretta and Edythe were both in a choir called the Lincoln School Little Chorus. In 1941 the choir traveled to some midwestern colleges, this helped open doors for Coretta and Edythe’s future. In September 1945 Coretta went to Antioch College, this college was integrated. Her closest friend was Sally Plotkin. Coretta found out she was behind in her work but she forced herself to work much more harder. She joined the Quaker peace groups at the college and learned to play the violin as well as singing in the college choir. After going to Antioch College, Coretta went to Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. When Coretta met a wonderful man named Martin Luther King Jr., it seemed like Martin wanted to marry her. Coretta took several months to think about being married, she even asked her sister if she should. When she decided to get married to Martin she made two commitments to him. In June 1953 Coretta and Martin were married and moved to Montgomery, Alabama in 1954. She has four children named Yolanda, Martin Luther III, Dexter and Bernice. On many occasions Coretta and Martin fought for the freedom of blacks. Coretta’s first action to support freedom with Martin was the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955. In 1956 whites and blacks were able to sit wherever they wanted to on a first come first served basis. In 1959 Coretta, Martin and her four children moves
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