Coretta Scott King
— Born and raised in Marion, Ala.
— Graduated valedictorian from Lincoln High School.
— She received a BA in music and education from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio
— Went on to study concert singing at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music, where she earned a degree in voice and violin.
After Dr. King's Assassination:
— Since her husband's assassination in 1968, Mrs. King has devoted much of her energy and attention to developing programs and building the Atlanta-based Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change as a living memorial to her husband's life and dream.
— As founding president, chair, and chief executive officer, she dedicated herself to providing local, national and international programs that have trained tens of thousands of people in Dr. King's philosophy and methods;
— In 1983, an act of Congress instituted the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission, which she chaired for its duration.
— And in January 1986, Mrs. King oversaw the first legal holiday in honor of her husband—a holiday which has come to be celebrated by millions of people world-wide and, in some form, in over 100 countries.
— In 1995 she turned over leadership of the Center to her son, Dexter Scott King, who served as chairman, president and CEO until January 2004.