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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: How many must die before we can really have a free and true and peaceful society? by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on dock
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How many must die before we can really have a free and true and peaceful society?


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

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


Quote: Nonviolence first changes the individual. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote

Nonviolence first changes the individual.


Quote: Scandal sells books; fidelity does not. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote

Scandal sells books; fidelity does not.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 country and where he can receive a fair and equitable share of the wealth that production creates.


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


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 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.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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, almost every day of my life, that I wasn't as good as a white child.


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

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


Quote: Love is such a powerful force. It's there for everyone to embrace-that kind of unconditional love for all of humankind. That is the kind of love that impels people to go into the community and try to change conditions for others, to take risks for what they believe in. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of Coretta Scott King quote; white text on black background

Love is such a powerful force. It's there for everyone to embrace-that kind of unconditional love for all of humankind. That is the kind of love that impels people to go into the community and try to change conditions for others, to take risks for what they believe in.


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

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


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 should stick to the issue of racial justice.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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: If sexual relations between consenting adults are not part of the right to privacy guaranteed by the Constitution, then American democracy is in trouble. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 Constitution, then American democracy is in trouble.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 dimensions, can become a most powerful force for international peace and brotherhood.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 persecuted over the years, would like to see things change, you know, overnight.


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

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


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


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 and technology? There is no deficit in human resources -- it is a deficit in human will.


Quote: Sometimes, I am also identified as a civil rights leader or a human rights activist. I would also like to be thought of as a complex, three-dimensional, flesh-and-blood human being with a rich storehouse of experiences, much like everyone else, yet unique in my own way, much like everyone else. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of Coretta Scott King quote: Sometimes, I am also identified as a civil rights leader or a human rights activist. I would also like to be thought of as a complex, three-dimensional, flesh-and-blood human being with a rich storehouse of experiences, much like everyone else, yet unique in my own way, much like everyone else.- black text on quotes background

Sometimes, I am also identified as a civil rights leader or a human rights activist. I would also like to be thought of as a complex, three-dimensional, flesh-and-blood human being with a rich storehouse of experiences, much like everyone else, yet unique in my own way, much like everyone else.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote

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.




Quote: You cannot believe in peace at home and not believe in international peace. A war with Iraq will increase anti-American sentiment, create more terrorists, and drain as much as 200 billion taxpayer dollars, which should be invested in human development here in America. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of Coretta Scott King quote; white text on black background

You cannot believe in peace at home and not believe in international peace. A war with Iraq will increase anti-American sentiment, create more terrorists, and drain as much as 200 billion taxpayer dollars, which should be invested in human development here in America.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 me. That resilience came from my family. It flowed through our bloodline.


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


Quote: Wherever there was injustice, war, discrimination against women, gays and the disadvantaged, I did my best to show up and exert moral persuasion. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.


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

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


Quote: Hate is too great a burden to bear. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote

Hate is too great a burden to bear.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: We have an historic opportunity for a great global healing and renewal. If we will accept the challenge of nonviolent activism with faith, courage, and determination, we can bring this great vision of a world united in peace and harmony from a distant ideal into glowing reality. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of Coretta Scott King quote; white text on black background

We have an historic opportunity for a great global healing and renewal. If we will accept the challenge of nonviolent activism with faith, courage, and determination, we can bring this great vision of a world united in peace and harmony from a distant ideal into glowing reality.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 are, indeed, part of the problem.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 married to the movement that I loved.


Quote: During the bus boycott, I was tested by fire, and I came to understand that I was not a breakable crystal figurine. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 crystal figurine.


Quote: I can't help but believe that at some time in the not-too-distant future, there is going to be another movement to change these systemic conditions of poverty, injustice, and violence in people's lives. That is where we've got to go, and it is going to be a struggle. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of Coretta Scott King quote; white text on black background

I can't help but believe that at some time in the not-too-distant future, there is going to be another movement to change these systemic conditions of poverty, injustice, and violence in people's lives. That is where we've got to go, and it is going to be a struggle.


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

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


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

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


Quote: 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? by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote

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?


Quote: Like Gandhi, my husband had struggled with the issue of materialism. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 did nothing to deter bombings and other acts of violence and, by his actions, condoned them.


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

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


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

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


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

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


Quote: Nonviolence would work today, it would work 2,000 years from now, it would work 5,000 years from now. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote

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.


Quote: Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 discriminated against just because they happen to be black or they happen to be a woman or some other minority.


Quote: I think that... discrimination in the job market is a very important area where work needs to be done. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 done.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 been treated unjustly and responding to their concerns with a sense of justice and compassion.


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

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


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 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.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 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.


Quote: I think if people really read Martin Luther King, Jr., then they would begin to understand what he really represented. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 really represented.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 victimize them through excessive rents and consumer prices.


Quote: The woman power of this nation can be the power which makes us whole and heals the rotten community, now so shattered by war and poverty and racism. I have great faith in the power of women who will dedicate themselves whole-heartedly to the task of remaking our society. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of Coretta Scott King quote; white text on black background

The woman power of this nation can be the power which makes us whole and heals the rotten community, now so shattered by war and poverty and racism. I have great faith in the power of women who will dedicate themselves whole-heartedly to the task of remaking our society.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 where blacks constitute the majority of the voters.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 a resurgence of the Nazi Party.


Quote: Non-violence is a permanent attitude we bring to the breakfast table and bring to bed at night. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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.


Quote: There is no reason why a nation as rich as ours should be blighted by poverty, disease, and illiteracy. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 illiteracy.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens.


Quote: I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of photo of author Coretta Scott King with quote

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


Quote: Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 generation.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 of life -- would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.


Quote: 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. by author Coretta Scott King overlaid on photo of 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 you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.


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