Musician, civil rights leader. Born– Apr. 27, 1927, Heiberger, Perry County, Ala. Parents– Obie and Bernice (McMurry) Scott. Married– Martin Luther King, Jr., June 18, 1953. Children– Four. Education– Antioch College, B.A.; New England Conservatory of Music, B.Mus. Voice instructor, Morris Brown College, Atlanta, 1962; sometimes substituted as a speaker for her husband during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Organized the Freedom Concert, inaugurated at Town Hall in New York in 1964, and presented more than thirty such programs with benefits going to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center. Member; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; National Council of Negro Women; Women Strike for Peace; United Church Women; Alpha Kappa Alpha. President, Martin Luther King, Jr. Foundation and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center. Member, Board of directors of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Organization for Women. Received honorary doctorates from Boston College, Princeton University, and many other institutions. Died January 30, 2006.


Contemporary Authors online


My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. New York; Holt, 1969.


Martin Luther King Jr. Companion:  Quotations from the Speeches, Essays, and Books.  New York:  St. Martins Press, 1993.


Papers of Coretta Scott King are included in the King Papers held by the King Center in Atlanta.

Words of Martin Luther King Jr.  New York:  Newmarket Press, 1983.