Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Coretta Scott King: Author, Mother, Civil Rights Activitist, Leader, Inspiration, Wife, and a Legend


Today, on Edwina LaShan Fashion Blog we pay tribute to The Beauty, The Wife, The Mother and The Civil Rights Activitist, Coretta Scott King. 

Coretta is a Fashionista in her own right. Known to wear a bad rollar body wrap hairstyle, a signature pearl necklace, huge stud earring, an Audrey Hepburn styled dress, a tailored fit pencil skirt suit and blazer, A fashionable hat or a nice twig blazer. 

She was known for her elegant, and sophisticated aura. There was never a time you would not see Coretta in a high heel pump! Coretta claimed Power in her looks! Whether it be a business suit or a Peacoat.

She was the woman everyone woman wanted to aspire to be like and the woman every little girl wanted to be like when she grew up! With business professional look, she claimed respect from people of all races, and walks of life! 

Let's learn more about this Powerful Woman: 

Coretta Scott King was born in Marion, Alabama on April 27, 1927. She was the third child out four born to Obadiah "Obe" Scott and Bernice McMurray Scott. Two of her sisters: Eunice and Edythe did not survive their full childhood. Her culture though DNA analyses tracks all the way back to Sierra Leona, Africa.

Coming up in the earlier years during the Great Depression, her siblings and herself earned money by picking cotton. With her parents having the lack of education they strive to give their children better. Coretta once said quoting her mother, "My children are going to college, even if it means I only have but one dress to put on." Her mother and father drive to push their kids better, that determination became fluently inherent in her.

She attended a one-room school five miles from her childhood home. Later were put on buses and began attending Lincoln Normal School. Which was the closest African American school nine miles from her home. Due to the racial segregation, her mother drove the bus for all African American students to be able to attend school. Later she graduated in 1945 as the valedictorian were she was very active in the school's organizations. Later she attended to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and education then transformed to Boston University were she met her future husband, Martin Luther King Jr.

On June 18, 1953 she married Martin Luther King Jr. on the front steps of her mother's yard. Martin's father, Martin Luther king Sr. performed the service. After sometime of marriage and family life, the couple moved to Montgomery, Alabama were MLK Jr. was offered a job as a preacher in 1954.  

Mrs. King recalled: "After we married, we moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where my husband had accepted an invitation to be the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Before long, we found ourselves in the middle of the Montgomery bus boycott, and Martin was elected leader of the protest movement. As the boycott continued, I had a growing sense that I was involved in something so much greater than myself, something of profound historic importance. I came to the realization that we had been thrust into the forefront of a movement to liberate oppressed people, not only in Montgomery but also throughout our country, and this movement had worldwide implications. I felt blessed to have been called to be a part of such a noble and historic cause." 

Along with her husband she spent time in many active organizations to seek right for African American equality. Starting from the NAACP, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Montgomery Bus Boycott, and many other leading organizations in the community.

In 1968, Coretta Scott King husband Martin Luther king Jr. was assassinated in Memphis Tennessee on a hotel balcony. 

Shortly after his death she asked music singer and artist, Josephine Baker to take the role of her husband. After a short time of thinking about it, Josephine later denied. She did not let that stop her. With great hard work and dedication she continued on in Martin's place.

She created a national holiday in Martin Luther King Jr.'s name, join together in the women's right campaign, and many more. 

In her 77th year of living, Coretta began experiencing severe health problems and many times causing her to go to the hospital. After a long struggle, Coretta lost her battle on January 30, 2006 at a rehabilitation center in Mexico were she was undergoing therapy for a stroke she had previously had.   

Today we honor a phenomenal women, Coretta Scott King. 

We thank you for not only making an impact in all our lives but the next generations lives. Coretta, an Author, Mother, Civil Rights Activist, Leader, Inspiration, Wife, and a Legend.

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