- Martin Luther King Jr and his wife Coretta Scott got married on June 18, 1953, in Marion at Coretta’s parents’ house
- Martin’s father, Reverend King, conducted the ceremony
- The pairs love story began when mutual friend Mary Powell played matchmaker and slid Martin the phone number of Coretta
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Over 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. the world continues to search for peace and equal rights, but over the course of his life, King helped lead the charge.
Always by his side, either physically or in spirit, was his devoted wife, Coretta Scott King with who they had four children together—two girls and two boys.
Among the four children was Martin Luther King III who on Thursday, 18 June, took to his Facebook page to celebrate his late parents 67th wedding anniversary.
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"Today would have been my parent's 67th wedding anniversary! On their wedding day, after the ceremony, they had trouble finding a hotel that would allow them to stay the night," he wrote.
"Not because hotels in Marion, Alabama, were fully booked, but because the Jim Crow south refused them entry, simply because of their skin colour," he added.
According to the now 63-year-old human rights advocate, his parents were left with few options and they ended up spending the night at a funeral home.
Looking into the civil rights activists' 15-year marriage, Brides Magazine reported Martin and Coretta’s love story began when mutual friend Mary Powell played matchmaker.
Powell is said to have slid Martin the phone number of then Coretta Scott.
Martin was working on his Ph.D. at Boston University’s School of Theology and Coretta was studying voice in the same city at the New England Conservatory of Music.
During their very first phone call, Martin asked if he could meet her in person.
Despite the image of a Southern Baptist preacher (black-suited and boring) that came to her Methodist mind, she suggested he pick her up for lunch.
“I wouldn’t say exactly love at first sight. But we liked each other a great deal and we seemed to have a great deal in common," she said during a 1961 interview.
Coretta later revealed what followed that cold Thursday in January when Martin pulled up in his green Chevy in her posthumously published book My Life, My Love, My Legacy.
“My first thoughts reaffirmed what I had anticipated: He was too short and he didn’t look that impressive," wrote Coretta.
"On top of that, he was not sporting his normal moustache (he’d shaved it during his fraternity pledge process), so he looked quite young," she added.
Not long into their date, though, Coretta’s view of him changed completely and as they settled into their courtship, Coretta started regretting her initial assessment of Martin.
The pair got married on June, 1953, in Marion at Coretta’s parents’ house. Martin’s father, Reverend King, conducted the ceremony.
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