Coretta Scott King

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Throughout history many movements have tended to have a founding father and mother. Coretta Scott King portrayed this mother in the American Civil Rights Movement. She embodied all that a woman could want to be as she stood up for her rights and the rights of others. This is what has made her a household name throughout the world and an iconic figure for change. Along with her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta spent a majority of her life fighting for the equal treatment of her people in America. Over time this spread to the many different realms of society, touching on racial and economic equality, religious freedom, the necessities of the poor and homeless, employment and healthcare, equal educational opportunities, women’s and children’s rights, as well as gay and lesbian rights, nuclear disarmament, and ecological sanity. Coretta Scott King was born Coretta Scott on April 27th, 1927 in Marion, Alabama to her parents Obadiah and Bernice Scott. She had two siblings. They were a boy named Obadiah and a girl named Edythe and lived on a farm owned by her family. Her education as a little girl included attending a one room elementary school and a bigger high school, that was further away from her home because of the racial segregation in her community, named Lincoln Normal School. Coretta graduated in 1945 and headed off to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. There she studied music and got into clubs pertaining to politics dealing with race such as the NAACP chapter of her school. She graduated from Antioch with a Bachelor’s Degree in music and education and shortly afterwards achieved a full scholarship to attend the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston to study concert singing. This is where she met her f... ... middle of paper ...>. "Coretta Scott King." Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation Inc., Web. . "Coretta Scott King Biography." Biography - True Story. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 5 May 2010. . Fulton , Greg. "Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)." TIME 31 Jan. 2006: Web. 6 May 2010. . "The Late Mrs. Coretta Scott King Human Rights Activist and Leader 1927 - 2006." The King Center. The King Center, n.d. Web. 5 May 2010. . Uffelman, Minoa. "Coretta Scott King." Encyclopedia of Alabama. Clarksville, TN: The Encyclopedia of Alabama, 2008. Web. .
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