70+ Best Coretta Scott King Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. An active advocate for African-American equality, she was a leader for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Profoundly inspiring Coretta Scott King quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Vietnam has been replaced by an undeclared war in our central cities… fought by gangs with guns over drugs.

The prize and all the publicity would detract from our time together, which, as it was, was quickly being winnowed away.

I believe it is only right that the caring community that helped produce a  not deteriorate but remain creative, vibrant, and illustrious.

As I reflect upon the chapters of my life, peering into the margins and fine print as well as at the boldly illuminated headlines, I am simply amazed.

The travels Martin and I experienced together afforded us a chance to connect with world leaders, to get more than a textbook understanding of the developing nations of the world.

While our parents were worrying themselves to death about us, Martin and I felt secure.

Looking back, those hard early years building a staff were just a few backward steps in what was overall a great march forward.

Thousands of blacks had left before me, either chased out by the tyranny of white folks or led by visions of a better life in a northern promised land.

I was humbled and surprised when a reporter looking for a comparison asked me to name another African American woman who had built an institution from the ground up that was hailed internationally as a tourist destination.

My life without you is like a year without a spring time which comes to give illumination and heat to the atmosphere which has been saturated by the dark cold breeze of winter.

Love is such a powerful force.

My mother had a sweet disposition, but she was a no-nonsense kind of person. She did not gossip about people.

But at President Kennedy’s funeral, victory was far from my mind.

Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.

When my family had our brush with evil the night of the fire, I saw the awful face of hate clearly, although the perpetrators were never identified.

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Nothing had changed, but now… We had hope.

My value system formed and was strengthened through pain and sacrifice.

‘I knew that I did not want the Center to be a monument set only in bricks and mortar… and I envisioned a state-of-the-art archive of my husband’s sermons, speeches, and other pertinent writings.

He, Martin, confided in me his fear that he would be trying to prove his innocence for the rest of his life.

My private thoughts about the birth of my firstborn were a soliloquy, spoken to no one but God. Yet it appeared that God must have been listening.

Throughout my life,  whenever I didn’t pray, things went badly. I would become frustrated and feel out of sync with the will and purpose of God.

I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.

Capitalism will be in America quite a few more years my dear.

When the ultimate question is asked about who the real sinners or saviors of this century were, the answer clearly shows that  helped transform America.

One morning paper wrote an article accusing the NAACP of planting Mrs. Parks on the bus, and likened the boycott to the tactics of the White Citizens’ Council, a white supremacist group that had formed in 1954.

I pushed for all construction to have 50 percent minority participation, and in the end we exceeded that benchmark.

The press was not interested in reporting our efforts to move forward, though. They focused on the negative, and it took a while to live down that series of incidents.

Justice is never advanced in the taking of human life.

‘The idea of a reflecting pool had come to me during my visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, during my book tour in 1970.

The greatest violence is seeing a child go to bed hungry.

The prospect of establishing a rainbow coalition that could eventually see beyond racism and challenge the systems that demeaned all persons excited Martin.

No abundance of material goods can compensate for the death of individuality and personal creativity.

It was a coalition that was growing by the day as scores of young people joined the movement.

Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.

I never experienced any feelings of being rejected. I believe that women know if their husbands are unfaithful.

Our family had suffered so many tragedies in six short years. They kept us on our knees, praying for strength, and we found the strength to push past our pain and continue on our mission.

Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.

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Despite the wrangling back and forth, supporters of the march won out, and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was set for August 28, giving us fewer than sixty days to organize, plan, and transport the one hundred thousand people we expected to attend.

Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.

Accepting the prize, Martin said he saw the award as ‘profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time’.

I had to live life and believe that God would define me and shape me for my purpose.

We took pride in knowing that our all-black community represented three generations of black ownership.

If you don’t use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem.

I think there is a realization that the tactics of the late sixties are not sufficient to meet the challenges of the seventies.

It had been the aim of the authorities to discredit Martin. However, his followers saw his release as a direct answer to their prayers, a blessing that only made him more of a hero in their eyes.

Everywhere we went, people recognized Martin from the exposure he had received on the cover of Time magazine.

One year before Martin’s assassination, I met with Atlanta’s mayor, Ivan Allen, to retain his help in restoring Martin’s birth home.

What did it take to stay on the civil rights battlefield after Martin was assassinated?

Some people on the sidewalks, white and black alike, seemed happy to see us …  In another twist, we were no longer treated like enemies of the state.

It (black community) was not as tightly knit in the North as it was down home, which meant there were many more factions to pull together.

Although Martin never saw what his prophetic words proclaim, I was fortunate enough to see his dream come true.

Behind every good man, there’s a good woman reminding you I knew you when you didn’t have nothing.

I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes – the finer things of life – would make you happy.

Darling I miss you so much. In fact, much too much for my own good.

If American women increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.

Nehru had told Martin and me how, because of the climate set by Gandhi, federal laws banned discrimination against the untouchables, and the Indian Constitution had made violation of that law a crime punishable by imprisonment.

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate action of its members.

The impact of my husband’s assassination was felt deeply by millions around the world, but it resonated especially in black neighborhoods.

Though Martin was gone physically, I became acutely aware of how much he remained a part of me spiritually.

How many men must die before we can really have a free and true and peaceful society?

Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.

In Martin’s sermons, I saw how he prepared the congregation for a time when they would have to act upon the words he was instilling in their souls.

I have become convinced in the last few days that my love for you is based on such a solid foundation that the stormy winds of anger cannot blow it assunder.

Our economic system is going through a radical change, and certainly this change is needed.

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.

There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance.

I appeal to everyone who believes in ‘s dream to make room at the table of brother and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.

I’m more determined than ever that my husband’s dream will become a reality.

I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.

There comes a time when time itself is ready for a change.