Footsteps of Coretta Scott King

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Running Head: AN EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN 1 Footsteps of Coretta Scott King Anna Robinson MidAmerica Nazarene University American History: The 1960s AN EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN 2 Coretta Scott King dedicated her life from her youthful days through adulthood fighting human rights. Often spoken of as Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta influenced Dr. King’s life and more importantly the lives of her family and the world. She ministered through her music, peaceful demonstrations and speaking engagements. Coretta Scott King did not follow in the footsteps of Dr. King instead, she kept their footsteps welded together and continued to stand for equal rights and social justice keeping his dream alive and preserving his legacy while creating a legacy of her own. AN EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN 3 Footsteps of Coretta Scott King The famous quote, “Behind every good man is a good woman” is attributed in part to the Woman’s Liberation Movement of the sixties. Although the author of this quote is unknown, this quote holds true when speaking of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Dr. King was a young energetic scholar who dedicated his life to leading the Civil Rights Movement. Focusing on peaceful demonstrations, Dr. King was not afraid to speak his mind. He was a strong African American man who stood firm on his Christian beliefs and equality for all people. He could have led the Civil Rights Movement, traveled the world, achieved his many accomplishments and even fathered children as a single man but this was not his dream. Young Martin Luther King knew the one thing that would make his life complete was a wife. Although he came to know his purpose in life, he never forgot his childhood and wanting to follow the footsteps of his father by becoming Baptist Minister and Pastor and sharing his dreams with a wife and family. Martin’s mate would be a woman who
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