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Coretta Scott King (née Scott; April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was an American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. As an advocate for African-American equality, she was a leader for the civil rights movement in the 1960s. King was also a singer who often incorporated music into her civil rights work. King met her husband while attending graduate school in Boston. They both became increasingly active in the American civil rights movement.

King played a prominent role in the years after her husband's assassination in 1968 when she took on the leadership of the struggle for racial equality herself and became active in the Women's Movement. King founded the King Center and sought to make his birthday a national holiday. She finally succeeded when Ronald Reagan signed legislation which established Martin Luther King Jr. Day on November 2, 1983. She later broadened her scope to include both advocacy for LGBT rights and opposition to apartheid. King became friends with many politicians before and after Martin Luther King's death, including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Robert F. Kennedy. Her telephone conversation with John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential election has been credited by historians for mobilizing African-American voters.

In August 2005, King suffered a stroke which paralyzed her right side and left her unable to speak; five months later she died of respiratory failure due to complications from ovarian cancer. Her funeral was attended by some 10,000 people, including four of five living U.S. presidents. She was temporarily buried on the grounds of the King Center until being interred next to her husband. She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame, the National Women's Hall of Fame, and was the first African American to lie in state at the Georgia State Capitol. King has been referred to as "First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement".

quote by Coretta Scott King: My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting....

My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: Nonviolence first changes the individual. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Nonviolence first changes the individual....

Nonviolence first changes the individual.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: Scandal sells books; fidelity does not. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Scandal sells books; fidelity does not....

Scandal sells books; fidelity does not.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: All we seek is an America where every person is given the chance to productively contribute to his country and where he can receive a fair … with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: All we seek is an America where every person is given the chance to productively contribute to his c...

All we seek is an America where every person is given the chance to productively contribute to his country and where he can receive a fair and equitable share of the wealth that production creates.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: If Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy had been embraced and lived out in Iraq and other places, we wouldn't have bin Ladens. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: If Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy had been embraced and lived out in Iraq and other places, we...

If Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy had been embraced and lived out in Iraq and other places, we wouldn't have bin Ladens.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: Because Dr. King was human and not divine -- although we think he was divine, he was just a man, an extraordinary man, but a man -- and he … with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Because Dr. King was human and not divine -- although we think he was divine, he was just a man, an ...

Because Dr. King was human and not divine -- although we think he was divine, he was just a man, an extraordinary man, but a man -- and he would get depressed from time to time and disappointed about all kinds of things relative to the movement.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: As an African American child growing up in the segregated South, I was told, one way or another, almost every day of my life, that I wasn't… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: As an African American child growing up in the segregated South, I was told, one way or another, alm...

As an African American child growing up in the segregated South, I was told, one way or another, almost every day of my life, that I wasn't as good as a white child.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: We have to launch a national campaign against homophobia in the black community. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: We have to launch a national campaign against homophobia in the black community....

We have to launch a national campaign against homophobia in the black community.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: To really know someone is to have loved and hated him in turn. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: To really know someone is to have loved and hated him in turn....

To really know someone is to have loved and hated him in turn.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: How many must die before we can really have a free and true and peaceful society? with background image:

How many must die before we can really have a free and true and peaceful society?

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quote by Coretta Scott King: I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people, and I should stick to the issue of racial … with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people, and...

I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people, and I should stick to the issue of racial justice.

--Coretta Scott King

Longer Version:

I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.


quote by Coretta Scott King: If sexual relations between consenting adults are not part of the right to privacy guaranteed by the Constitution, then American democracy … with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: If sexual relations between consenting adults are not part of the right to privacy guaranteed by the...

If sexual relations between consenting adults are not part of the right to privacy guaranteed by the Constitution, then American democracy is in trouble.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: I am convinced that the women of the world, united without any regard for national or racial dimensions, can become a most powerful force f… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: I am convinced that the women of the world, united without any regard for national or racial dimensi...

I am convinced that the women of the world, united without any regard for national or racial dimensions, can become a most powerful force for international peace and brotherhood.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: The process of nonviolence is one that takes time and those of us who've suffered, who've been persecuted over the years, would like to see… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: The process of nonviolence is one that takes time and those of us who've suffered, who've been perse...

The process of nonviolence is one that takes time and those of us who've suffered, who've been persecuted over the years, would like to see things change, you know, overnight.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed in retaliation. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed in retaliation....

An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed in retaliation.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: Behind every good man, there's a good woman reminding you I knew you when you didn't have nothing. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Behind every good man, there's a good woman reminding you I knew you when you didn't have nothing....

Behind every good man, there's a good woman reminding you I knew you when you didn't have nothing.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: Something is wrong that we have to feed so many. Why should there be poverty with all of our science and technology? There is no deficit in… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Something is wrong that we have to feed so many. Why should there be poverty with all of our science...

Something is wrong that we have to feed so many. Why should there be poverty with all of our science and technology? There is no deficit in human resources -- it is a deficit in human will.

--Coretta Scott King

quote by Coretta Scott King: Nonviolence is a method that transforms, first of all, the individual once you understand it and embrace it. It begins with you and, if you… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Nonviolence is a method that transforms, first of all, the individual once you understand it and emb...

Nonviolence is a method that transforms, first of all, the individual once you understand it and embrace it. It begins with you and, if you can, about transforming individuals so that they love unconditionally.

--Coretta Scott King


quote by Coretta Scott King: When fear rushed in, I learned how to hear my heart racing but refused to allow my feelings to sway me. That resilience came from my family… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: When fear rushed in, I learned how to hear my heart racing but refused to allow my feelings to sway ...

When fear rushed in, I learned how to hear my heart racing but refused to allow my feelings to sway me. That resilience came from my family. It flowed through our bloodline.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: When Good Friday comes, these are the moments in life when we feel there's no hope. But then, Easter comes. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: When Good Friday comes, these are the moments in life when we feel there's no hope. But then, Easter...

When Good Friday comes, these are the moments in life when we feel there's no hope. But then, Easter comes.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: Wherever there was injustice, war, discrimination against women, gays and the disadvantaged, I did my best to show up and exert moral persu… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Wherever there was injustice, war, discrimination against women, gays and the disadvantaged, I did m...

Wherever there was injustice, war, discrimination against women, gays and the disadvantaged, I did my best to show up and exert moral persuasion.

--Coretta Scott King

quote by Coretta Scott King: I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and ga… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of bro...

I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members...

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: Hate is too great a burden to bear. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Hate is too great a burden to bear....

Hate is too great a burden to bear.

--Coretta Scott King

Longer Version:

Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.



quote by Coretta Scott King: It doesn't matter how strong your opinions are. If you don't use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: It doesn't matter how strong your opinions are. If you don't use your power for positive change, you...

It doesn't matter how strong your opinions are. If you don't use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: What most did not understand then was that I was not only married to the man I loved, but I was also married to the movement that I loved. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: What most did not understand then was that I was not only married to the man I loved, but I was also...

What most did not understand then was that I was not only married to the man I loved, but I was also married to the movement that I loved.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: During the bus boycott, I was tested by fire, and I came to understand that I was not a breakable crystal figurine. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: During the bus boycott, I was tested by fire, and I came to understand that I was not a breakable cr...

During the bus boycott, I was tested by fire, and I came to understand that I was not a breakable crystal figurine.

--Coretta Scott King

quote by Coretta Scott King: Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life....

Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: Marrying Martin and the movement perfected my journey of discovery, soothed my yearning to pour out the values and vision within my soul. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Marrying Martin and the movement perfected my journey of discovery, soothed my yearning to pour out ...

Marrying Martin and the movement perfected my journey of discovery, soothed my yearning to pour out the values and vision within my soul.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: I suppose I experienced the personal dilemma that baffles every working woman. What happens when you are expected to be Superwoman, to perf… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: I suppose I experienced the personal dilemma that baffles every working woman. What happens when you...

I suppose I experienced the personal dilemma that baffles every working woman. What happens when you are expected to be Superwoman, to perform a dozen conflicting tasks at the same time?

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: Like Gandhi, my husband had struggled with the issue of materialism. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Like Gandhi, my husband had struggled with the issue of materialism....

Like Gandhi, my husband had struggled with the issue of materialism.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: We should not forget that in the '60s, George Wallace's motto was 'segregation forever,' and that he did nothing to deter bombings and othe… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: We should not forget that in the '60s, George Wallace's motto was 'segregation forever,' and that he...

We should not forget that in the '60s, George Wallace's motto was 'segregation forever,' and that he did nothing to deter bombings and other acts of violence and, by his actions, condoned them.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: I feel George Wallace symbolizes something in the past which America has rejected. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: I feel George Wallace symbolizes something in the past which America has rejected....

I feel George Wallace symbolizes something in the past which America has rejected.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: A vote for George Wallace is a vote for the past and oppression. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: A vote for George Wallace is a vote for the past and oppression....

A vote for George Wallace is a vote for the past and oppression.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: You have to have people who prick the consciences of the nation. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: You have to have people who prick the consciences of the nation....

You have to have people who prick the consciences of the nation.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: Nonviolence would work today, it would work 2,000 years from now, it would work 5,000 years from now. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Nonviolence would work today, it would work 2,000 years from now, it would work 5,000 years from now...

Nonviolence would work today, it would work 2,000 years from now, it would work 5,000 years from now.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: While not a panacea for the nation's illegal immigration problems, employer sanctions are one necessary means of stopping the exploitation … with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: While not a panacea for the nation's illegal immigration problems, employer sanctions are one necess...

While not a panacea for the nation's illegal immigration problems, employer sanctions are one necessary means of stopping the exploitation of vulnerable workers and the undercutting of American jobs and living standards.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by ma...

Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: In the area of economic justice, we still have a long way to go. We have too many people who are discriminated against just because they ha… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: In the area of economic justice, we still have a long way to go. We have too many people who are dis...

In the area of economic justice, we still have a long way to go. We have too many people who are discriminated against just because they happen to be black or they happen to be a woman or some other minority.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: I think that... discrimination in the job market is a very important area where work needs to be done. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: I think that... discrimination in the job market is a very important area where work needs to be don...

I think that... discrimination in the job market is a very important area where work needs to be done.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: We can prevent many people from becoming terrorists by truly listening to people who feel they've been treated unjustly and responding to t… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: We can prevent many people from becoming terrorists by truly listening to people who feel they've be...

We can prevent many people from becoming terrorists by truly listening to people who feel they've been treated unjustly and responding to their concerns with a sense of justice and compassion.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: Nonviolence is the only credible response to the violence we're seeing around the world. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Nonviolence is the only credible response to the violence we're seeing around the world....

Nonviolence is the only credible response to the violence we're seeing around the world.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: I always knew that I was called to do something. I didn't know what, but I finally rationalized after I met Martin -- and it took a lot of … with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: I always knew that I was called to do something. I didn't know what, but I finally rationalized afte...

I always knew that I was called to do something. I didn't know what, but I finally rationalized after I met Martin -- and it took a lot of praying to discover this -- that this was probably what God had called me to do: to marry him.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: Thank God we have the example of Martin Luther King, Jr. People need role models. They need to see examples of people in peoples' lives, an… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Thank God we have the example of Martin Luther King, Jr. People need role models. They need to see e...

Thank God we have the example of Martin Luther King, Jr. People need role models. They need to see examples of people in peoples' lives, and that's why it's so important not just to commemorate his life, but to study and try to live by the principles of that life.

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quote by Coretta Scott King: I think if people really read Martin Luther King, Jr., then they would begin to understand what he really represented. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: I think if people really read Martin Luther King, Jr., then they would begin to understand what he r...

I think if people really read Martin Luther King, Jr., then they would begin to understand what he really represented.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: It is plain that we don't care about our poor people except to exploit them as cheap labor and victimize them through excessive rents and c… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: It is plain that we don't care about our poor people except to exploit them as cheap labor and victi...

It is plain that we don't care about our poor people except to exploit them as cheap labor and victimize them through excessive rents and consumer prices.

--Coretta Scott King

quote by Coretta Scott King: Particularly in the South, efforts continue to be made to deny blacks access to the polls, even where blacks constitute the majority of the… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Particularly in the South, efforts continue to be made to deny blacks access to the polls, even wher...

Particularly in the South, efforts continue to be made to deny blacks access to the polls, even where blacks constitute the majority of the voters.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: I am scared that if Ronald Reagan gets into office, we are going to see more of the Ku Klux Klan and a resurgence of the Nazi Party. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: I am scared that if Ronald Reagan gets into office, we are going to see more of the Ku Klux Klan and...

I am scared that if Ronald Reagan gets into office, we are going to see more of the Ku Klux Klan and a resurgence of the Nazi Party.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: Non-violence is a permanent attitude we bring to the breakfast table and bring to bed at night. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Non-violence is a permanent attitude we bring to the breakfast table and bring to bed at night....

Non-violence is a permanent attitude we bring to the breakfast table and bring to bed at night.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: There is no reason why a nation as rich as ours should be blighted by poverty, disease, and illiteracy. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: There is no reason why a nation as rich as ours should be blighted by poverty, disease, and illitera...

There is no reason why a nation as rich as ours should be blighted by poverty, disease, and illiteracy.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny thei… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumaniz...

Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular … with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of t...

There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on s… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to ...

I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation. with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every gen...

Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: I'm fulfilled in what I do. I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes -- the finer things of life -- would make you happy. My con… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: I'm fulfilled in what I do. I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes -- the finer things ...

I'm fulfilled in what I do. I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes -- the finer things of life -- would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.

--Coretta Scott King
quote by Coretta Scott King: Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group… with background image: photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote: Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe ...

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.

--Coretta Scott King

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