Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Black History Month - Dr. Marting Luther King Jr. & Mrs. Coretta Scott King


Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott were married on June 18, 1953 in Marion, Ala. King’s father, also a minister, performed the ceremony on Coretta’s parent’s lawn. 

In 1955, they took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, just weeks after the birth of their first Yolanda Denise. That was the first of over a decade of nonviolent protests together, while raising their four children in a Christian home. The couple endured their home being bombed in 1956 and numerous threats on his life. However, there were many times when she was not able to be with her husband during protests, because their children were young.

“My devoted wife has been a constant source of consolation to me through all the difficulties…. My wife was always stronger than I was through the struggle. While she had certain natural fears and anxieties concerning my welfare, she never allowed them to hamper my active participation in the movement. Corrie proved to be that type of wife with qualities to make a husband when he could have been so easily broken. In the darkest moments, she always brought the light of hope.

I am convinced that if I had not had a wife with the fortitude, strength and calmness of Corrie, I could not have withstood the ordeals and tensions surrounding the movement,” King wrote in Chapter 5 of his autobiography.

Coretta said that she was married to her husband, but she was also married and dedicated to the cause. In her profile, she was recorded as saying, “Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.”

The Real Wives of Chicago will like to honor, Mr. & Mrs. Martin & Coretta King, Thank You for your Contribution!

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