Three women in the 60's


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Three women in the 60's

  1. 1. Coretta Scott King<br />The Woman Behind the Man<br />
  2. 2. Coretta Scott’s childhood<br />Born in the South, right before the Great Depression<br />Raised on a family farm; modest income<br />Her beginning were not unlike many other African-Americans of her time<br />Not very likely for Scott to rise up out of current living situation; segregation had a very strong hold<br />Experienced racism from a young age<br />
  3. 3. Coretta Growing Up<br />Like other African-American children of the time, Coretta could clearly see effects of having differences in skin color<br />Could you imagine yourself being deliberately hated and looked down upon because of the color of your skin, something you could not change?<br />In elementary school!<br />How would you have responded?<br />
  4. 4. Segregation took many avenues<br />School bus transportation<br />Movie theatre seating<br />Education opportunities<br />
  5. 5. Coretta’s Determination<br />Rooted and grew from the unrelenting segregation experienced growing up<br />Coretta was fortunate to have encouraging parents<br />Obadiah "Obie" Scott and Bernice McMurray Scott<br />Pushed and encouraged her to pursue an education<br />They knew an education would be her only potential foothold in a deeply segregated country<br />
  6. 6. Graduated valedictorian of her high school class<br />Won a scholarship to Antioch College<br />Music education<br />“integrated” school : black and white students; however, racism was still very much alive there<br />Joined National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a race-relations and a civil liberties committee<br />
  7. 7. Coretta Scott + Martin Luther King = ♥<br />Continued education in Boston to study music<br />Met Martin Luther King, Jr.<br />Married in 1953, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1954<br />
  8. 8. Civil Rights Movement<br />Coretta Scott and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were perfect to lead the Civil Rights Movement together<br />In sync morally, spiritually, and with issues and ideals that they were willing to live and die for<br />
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  10. 10. The Woman Behind the Man<br />Coretta was the epitome of a supportive wife<br />Supported him spiritually<br />Both of Southern Baptist Christian Faith<br />Supported him physically<br />By his side during nonviolent protests, marches, sit-ins; physically put her life in danger to fight for justice with him<br />Supported him financially<br />Fundraised through “freedom concerts”<br />
  11. 11. Dedicating her life to the Movement<br /><br />
  12. 12. How could she not give up?<br />Scott King believed in social/civil justice so strongly, that she knew they were doing the right thing<br />Knew that what they were leading was much bigger than justice just for the people of the South<br />“The means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.<br />Nonviolence was the only means they were willing to utilize<br />
  13. 13. The Kings knew their goal, but they did not know how things would play, what would get in their way, etc. but they knew they were going in the right direction. They knew they had to persevere.<br />They were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, essentially in honor of their struggles. They knew they hadn’t achieved the peace that the award stood for, so their fight was not over.<br />
  14. 14. Civil Rights Movement Successor<br />April 4, 1968: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated in cold blood<br />Days after her husband’s death, Scott King and her children led the march that Dr. King had intended to<br />Scott King wanted to carry the torch of the Civil Rights Movement<br />
  15. 15. Scott King valiantly carried on her husband’s spirit and the Movement<br />Created The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia the same year of her husband’s death<br />As a living memorial, a way to carry on his nonviolent philosophy, and his ideas about social change<br />
  16. 16. Coretta Scott King<br />Made a name for herself<br />Became more than the woman behind the man<br />Never lost sight of what was important; what she and her husband were adamantly working towards<br />After her husbands death, she nobly picked up where he left off<br />Started off in a farm and became a face of a Movement<br />