Coretta Scott King was an American civil rights activist who was the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. Coretta Scott King was born in Marion, Alabama, on April 27, 1927. Her parents were both entrepreneurs, and her mother was musically talented. During her childhood, King showed an interest in music and soon became a leading member of her school's choir. She excelled academically, becoming the valedictorian of her high school. After earning a BA in music from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, she received a scholarship to further her music studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. It was during this time that she met Martin Luther King Jr., who was then a doctoral student at the university. Though initially not interested in him, the two eventually began dating and tied the knot in 1953.