The Civil Rights Movement : Coretta Scott King, Jr., Malcom X, And Rosa Parks

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When people think of leaders of the Civil Rights movement, they think of big names like Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcom X, and Rosa Parks. However, there were many people behind the scenes that had as big of an impact as these forerunners had. These are the transparent heroes; the underdogs. The ones that did so much for the cause yet were never truly recognized as being such a big influence. One of these unsung heroes of the Civil Rights movement is Coretta Scott King. After her husband, the great Martin Luther King, Jr., died she strived to continue the momentum of the movement, while also fighting for her own causes. Coretta Scott King played a tremendous role in the Civil Rights Movement, not only in her aiding her husband, but as a …show more content…
Coretta Scott King graduated from the Lincoln Normal School in 1945 with Valedictorian honors (2014).
Because of her academic achievements as well as her abilities in music, Coretta Scott won a partial scholarship to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio where her sister had attended as part of the Antioch Program for Interracial Education (2014). She was slightly fearful of attending a college in the north because she had a “good deal of doubt” about northern culture (Carson, 1985, p. 13). While at Antioch, Coretta faced more discrimination from administrators at Antioch and others in the community of Yellow Springs. As stated in volume two of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project, when she tried to fulfill her teaching assistant requirement at a local elementary school, the school barred her from joining the all-white faculty, despite the school being an integrated school. When she complained to college administrators, they advised against protesting the injustice, and even went so far as to refuse to help her fulfill her requirements for graduation. They offered her a job at the school’s associated laboratory for a second year (2014). This prompted her to join the local chapter of NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (1985). As her roots deepened in more civil rights organizations, she was drawn to the Pacifist movement and supported Henry Wallace’s presidential campaign in
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