The Civil Rights Movement : Coretta Scott King's Work Ethic And A Passion For Racial Equality

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“Hate is too great a burden to bear, it injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” Coretta Scott King was born in one of the most pivotal times in our nations history. Growing up in the rural, segregated state of Alabama in the middle of the Great Depression ensured in Scott a deep work ethic and a passion for racial equality. Going through college during the heart of the Civil Rights Movement allowed Coretta to find her place not only in activism, but the stance she took as a feminist married to a Baptist Pastor. Loretta forged the way for many women of color to seek an education, stand up for their beliefs, and pioneered a different way of thinking towards current social issues that many Christians at the time stood against.…show more content…
While the Scott family experienced some financial struggle at times, they were a hardworking family. Coretta’s father held a job as a policeman before starting his own store, and owned his own lumber mill. Despite these successes, the Scott’s experienced extreme racism as they raised their children in Marion. Coretta’s mother was determined that her children would have a formal education and that they would attend college. At the time, the nearest school that Coretta and her siblings could attend was five miles away, however, they later attended Lincoln Normal School, which was nine miles away. Lincoln was the closest high school that accepted black students, and Coretta’s mother would bus the children to school from Coretta’s neighborhood. It was during her time at Lincoln that Coretta realized her love of music. She had joined the school’s chorus and began directing the choir at her church in Marion. As Coretta further explored her talents, she decided to apply to Antioch College in Ohio. She applied to the school attempting to receive the Interracial Scholarship Fund as her financial aid. At the time, most of the universities in America were still segregated. As a way to diversify their student bodies, the colleges that did accept African Americans would offer up scholarships specifically for them. Coretta’s older sister Edythe had been the first black
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