Coretta's Personal Story



This telegram, dictated to Charles L. Sanders on the way back from the Nobel Peace Prize Award ceremony, contains Mrs. Coretta Scott King's sentimental narrative of her acclaimed relationship with Dr. King. Revealing details that range from their meeting in 1951 through twelve years of marriage, Mrs. King admits she was immediately smitten by Dr. King despite his "small stature and gentle nature." She goes on to say that she has never regretted her decision to be his wife through his pastoral duties in Montgomery and Atlanta to his constant travel schedule due to his civil rights activities. She concludes by reasserting their "very strong bond of love" even after 12 years of marriage. Dr. and Mrs. King remained faithfully married until Dr. King's death in 1968.

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