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World House Podcast: Episode 4- Boston: Meet Coretta

Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boston

May 8 2020

In Fall 1951, at the age of 22, Martin Luther King, Jr., moved to Boston, where he began his doctoral studies at the School of Theology, at Boston University. But rather than focusing on King's graduate studies, this episode is dedicated to King's encounter with Coretta Scott. A student at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music, Coretta was pursuing a career as a singer when she met Martin in early 1952. After the initial meeting, Martin surprisingly let Coretta know that she possessed all the qualities he ever wanted from a wife. At first reluctant to date a Baptist minister, Coretta was soon impressed by Martin's personality. Their courtship continued for over a year before they were married on June 18, 1953. A closer look at some of the love letters between Coretta and Martin reveal much about their relationship as well as their political interests and perspectives on gender roles. What becomes apparent is Coretta's political activism prior to meeting Martin. Understanding who Coretta Scott King was before she married Martin becomes crucial in recognizing her lifelong involvement in the nonviolent struggle for justice and freedom. 

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