While studying at Boston University, Martin Luther King Jr. asked a friend from Atlanta named Mary Powell, who was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music, if she knew any nice Southern girls. Powell asked fellow student Coretta Scott if she was interested in meeting a Southern friend studying divinity. Scott was not interested in dating preachers, but eventually agreed to allow Martin to telephone her based on Powell’s description and vouching.
On their first phone call, King told Scott “I am like Napoleon at Waterloo before your charms,” to which she replied “You haven’t even met me.” They went out for dates in his green Chevy. After the second date, King was certain Scott possessed the qualities he sought in a wife. She had been an activist at Antioch in undergrad, where Carol and Rod Serling were schoolmates.
King married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953, on the lawn of her parents’ house in her hometown of Heiberger, Alabama. They became the parents of four children: Yolanda King (1955–2007), Martin Luther King III (b. 1957), Dexter Scott King (b. 1961), and Bernice King (b. 1963).
During their marriage, King limited Coretta’s role in the civil rights movement, expecting her to be a housewife and mother.
These beautiful photos were taken by Flip Schulke that show lovely moments of Martin Luther King Jr. enjoying Sunday dinner at home after church with his wife Coretta and their children Yolanda, Marty, Dexter, and Bernice on November 8, 1964.