American Women!
A Celebration of Our History
April 22 -- October 29, 2000

Humanitarian and Civil Rights Activist


"If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent,
I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children."



Born on an Alabama truck farm, Coretta Scott's determination and intelligence won her scholarships to Antioch College in Ohio and the New England Conservatory of Music, where she dreamed of becoming an opera singer. Her future changed when she met the dynamic Dr. King, and in 1953 they married, settling in Montgomery, Alabama.

While King was adjusting to the life of a minister's wife, she came to share his dream of racial justice in America. Within a year, she joined her husband in leading the Montgomery bus boycott and the growing civil rights movement. The Kings grew into a loving family with four children, and in 1965, Coretta shared in the afterglow of her husband's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Three years later in 1968, tragedy struck when Dr. King was assassinated. Believing in his dream, Mrs. King established the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change in Atlanta. She continues to speak out on behalf of racial justice and non-violent solutions to social problems.


Historic Artifacts:

LIFE MAGAZINE with the newly widowed Coretta Scott King on the cover, 4-19-68. Color photos are from the magazine article.
-- On loan from James Hicks, Iowa City IA

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