Coretta Scott King, who died January 31, lived faithfully through marriage to one of the nation’s most famous, danger-risking pastors and became an admired civil rights leader in her own right over the past 38 years.
Leaders with connections to the King family and the civil rights movement recalled how the 78-year-old widow of Martin Luther King Jr. blended a commitment to her marriage with a determination to achieve justice for others. Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, said he asked her how she handled having a husband who was away so often, working on movement causes. “She said, ‘Let me tell you something, I did not just marry a man. I married a destiny,”’ he recalled.