Coretta Scott King was a world figure who worked tirelessly for social justice and civil rights. Though trained as a singer at the New England Conservatory of Music, her deep sense of justice encouraged her to embrace the call of Horace Mann to: "be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."
Married on June 8, 1953, Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King had four children and soon began addressing the national problem of segregation through the American Civil Rights Movement. Highlights include the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1958, studying nonviolent social change in India with Mahatma Ghandi in 1959, and traveling to Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
After her husband's assasination on April 4, 1968 she continued his fight of courage and peace. She has worked to develop the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, and has been involved in changing policies both on a world stage and in the local community.