Coretta Scott King is the widow of the late civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. and a noted community leader in her own right.
The Kings were married on June 18, 1953. The wedding ceremony took place in Scott’s parents’ house in Marion and was performed by King’s father.
King and Scott had four children:
Yolanda Denise King.
Martin Luther King III.
Dexter Scott King.
Bernice Albertine King.
The four children all have one thing in common: They have followed their father’s footsteps as civil rights activists, although pet issues and opinions differ among the King children.
She has been vocal in her opposition to capital punishment and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, thus drawing criticism from conservative groups. Mrs. King is also a vocal advocate of women’s rights, lesbian and gay rights and AIDS/HIV prevention.
There is a medal named after Mrs. King that is awarded for excellence in children’s literature.
Over the years, she has not only been active in preserving the memory of her husband, but also active in other political issues. After her husband was assassinated, she began attending a commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to mark her husband’s birth every January 15 . She also has honored presidents in different occasions. Some of them include being at the state funeral of former president Lyndon Johnson, in 1973, being present when President Ronald Reagan signed legislation establishing Martin Luther King Day, and being present at the first inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001.
On August 16, 2005 Mrs. King was reported by the news network CNN as having been hospitalized and in stable condition. No specific information regarding the reason for her hospitalization was given, and further information is yet to be heard. The following day, it was reported that she suffered a stroke and is partially paralyzed.