Text version below transcribed directly from audio] Thank you very kindly, my friends. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy and his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered who he was talking about.
As a child, Bernice attended the local Crossroads School and only had a fourth-grade education. Washington -founded Tuskegee Institute.
Scott worked as a school bus driver, a church pianist, and for her husband in his business ventures. Before starting his own businesses, he worked as a policeman. Along with his wife, he ran a clothing shop far from their home and later opened a general store.
He also owned a lumber millwhich was burned down by white neighbors after Scott refused to lend his mill to a white male logger. He eventually owned a acre farm. Because of his diverse origins, Martin appeared to be white.
However, he displayed contempt for the notion of passing. Jeff Scott was a farmer and a prominent figure in the rural black religious community; he was born to former slaves Willis and Delia Scott. In addition, she also mentioned having been stronger than a male cousin and threatening before accidentally cutting that same cousin with an axe.
His mother threatened her, and along with the words of her siblings, stirred her to becoming more ladylike once she got older. She saw irony in the fact that despite these early physical activities, she still was involved in nonviolent movements.
Coretta quoted her mother as having said, "My children are going to college, even if it means I only have but one dress to put on. Scott directed a choir at her home church in North Perry Country.
After being accepted to Antioch, she applied for the Interracial Scholarship Fund for financial aid. Coretta said of her first college: Antioch had envisioned itself as a laboratory in democracy but had no black students.
Edythe became the first African American to attend Antioch on a completely integrated basis, and was joined by two other black female students in the fall of Pioneering is never easy, and all of us who followed my sister at Antioch owe her a great debt of gratitude.
She also became politically active, due largely to her experience of racial discrimination by the local school board.
Additionally, around this time, Coretta worked as a babysitter for the Lithgow family, babysitting the later prominent actor John Lithgow. Coretta was the only one remaining after Powell named two girls and King proved to not be impressed with the other.
Scott initially showed little interest in meeting him, even after Powell told her that he had a promising future, but eventually relented and agreed to the meeting. King called her on the telephone and when the two met in person, Scott was surprised by how short he was. King would tell her that she had all the qualities that he was looking for in a wife, which Scott dismissed since the two had only just met.
She readily accepted his invitation to a weekend party. Two weeks after meeting Scott, King wrote to his mother that he had met his wife.
Edythe was able to tell her sister had legitimate feelings for him, and she also became impressed with his overall demeanor. However, since King possessed many of the qualities she liked in a man, she found herself "becoming more involved with every passing moment.
While the Kings had tea and meals with their son and Scott, Martin Sr. After Coretta did not respond to his questioning of their romance being serious, Martin Sr.
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