Coretta Scott King (born April 27, 1927 near Marion, Alabama) 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
King and Scott had four children:
Yolanda Denise King (November 17, 1955, Montgomery, Alabama)
Martin Luther King III (October 23, 1957, Montgomery, Alabama)
Dexter Scott King (January 30, 1961, Atlanta, Georgia)
Bernice Albertine King (March 28, 1963, Atlanta, Georgia)
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 (now on the third Monday in January since Martin Luther
King Day was proclaimed). 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.