"Martin Luther King Jr. was in Boston working on a Ph.D. in Divinity when he met Coretta Scott. She was studying to be a singer at the New England Conservatory of Music. They were married in 1953.
After King completed his studies in 1954, he had job offers from colleges and churches in the North, but he felt that his place was in the South, where he could do more for his people.
Coretta gave up her singing career and the couple moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Here he helped lead the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott that Rosa Parks set in motion when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus. It was as the leader of that boycott that Martin Luther King Jr. first became famous for his philosophy of nonviolent protest.
Coretta and Martin Luther Jr. had four children: Yolanda (1955), Martin Luther III (1957), Dexter (1961), and Bernice Albertine (1963). All four children followed in their parents footsteps and became civil rights activists. As of January, 2016, all were still alive except for Yolanda who passed away in 2007.
Coretta Scott King was always a great support for Martin Luther Jr., and after his death in 1964 she became a national leader, carrying on his work. Coretta died in January, 2006.