Civil Rights Activist

This week I pay homage to Civil Rights Activist and Alpha Kappa Alpha sister Coretta Scott King. When we hear her name, we immediately think of her husband the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, Coretta was politically active before she met Martin. While a student at Antioch College, Coretta was involved in the local chapter of the NAACP, and the Race Relations and Civil Liberties Committees. She finished her education at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Coretta was a singer and loved to incorporate music into her activism. Coretta and Martin met in Boston. They married in 1953, and moved to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1954 after she completed her degree. Coretta is deemed the first lady of the Civil Rights Movement, even after Martin’s death. In addition to racial equality, she advocated for the rights of women and the LGTBQ community. The King’s youngest child Bernice credits her mother as the architect of the King legacy, which included the campaign to create a national holiday in his honor, and serving as the founder of the King Center. As we pay tribute to the achievements of Rev. King, let us also remember to do so of Coretta Scott King.