Martin Luther King, Jr., wife Coretta Scott King, and their daughter Yolanda

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Exhibition Label
Martin Luther King Jr. with Coretta Scott King and their daughter Yolanda on the steps of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
While at Boston University, King met Coretta Scott, an Alabama native who was studying voice at the New England Conservatory of Music. After overcoming resistance from "Daddy" King, who had expected his son to choose an Atlantan as his bride, the couple married in June 1953.
King began looking for employment opportunities in academia and in the ministry during his third year in Boston and was invited to preach trial sermons at several churches, including the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. The youthful King captivated the Dexter congregation when he preached there in January 1954, and in April he agreed to accept the church’s pastorship, following completion of his doctoral coursework. King delivered his first sermon as resident pastor there on September 5, 1954. The Kings welcomed their first child, Yolanda in November 1955.
Artist
Dan Weiner, 1919 - 1959
Sitter
Martin Luther King, Jr., 15 Jan 1929 - 4 Apr 1968
Coretta Scott King, 27 Apr 1927 - 30 Jan 2006
Yolanda Denise King, 17 Nov 1955 - 15 May 2007
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © Sandra Weiner
Restrictions & Rights
© International Center of Photography, New York
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
1956
Object number
NPG.94.253
Topic
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace\Pearl
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Bonnet
Costume\Headgear\Veil
Costume\Dress Accessory\Flower\Corsage
Exterior\Cityscape
Costume\Dress Accessory\Feather
Coretta Scott King: Female
Coretta Scott King: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist
Coretta Scott King: Congressional Gold Medal
Yolanda Denise King: Female
Yolanda Denise King: Literature\Writer
Yolanda Denise King: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor
Yolanda Denise King: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist
Yolanda Denise King: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Male
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist\Civil rights leader
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy\Minister
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Nobel Prize
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Congressional Gold Medal
Portrait
Place
United States\Alabama\Montgomery\Montgomery
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 27.7 x 35.5cm (10 7/8 x 14")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1cm (22 x 28")
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Photograph