Remembering the Life of Coretta Scott King

By: Naytonie Williams
By: Naytonie Williams

It’s not everyday we meet people who helped change our world. And for some area pastors the news of the passing of Coretta Scott King was quite sad. They considered her a friend, and the first lady of the civil rights movement.

"It was quite a shock because we know that she's a great woman," says Perry Bennett, Pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church.

"Her anointing was as powerful as her husband's anointing. You knew you were standing next to someone that was just more than an ordinary person," says Rev. Dr. Kenneth Board from the Pilgrim Baptist Church.

As the wife of slain civil rights activist Doctor Martin Luther King Junior, Mrs. King was not only an advocate for the rights of black women but for all women. Over the years she was active in preserving the memory of her husband and the cause for which he stood. But Reverend Kenneth Board knew Coretta as a personal friend, and was her assistant pastor in Atlanta.

Pastor Board describes Mrs. King as a private, reserved, yet dignified woman, who focused on her family and church.

Scott was born in 1927. She married doctor king in 1953and they had four children. All have followed in their parent's footsteps as civil rights activists.


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