Tragically, several years after the assassination of her famous son, civil rights leader
After graduating from Spelman College in Georgia, she completed a teacher's course at Hampton University in Virginia.
Her assassin, a young African American man named Marcus Wayne Chenault, suffered from mental illness and believed all people of the Christian faith to be his enemies. In 1995, while serving a lifetime prison sentence, he died of a stroke.
Born Alberta Christine Williams, she grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, as the daughter of Jenny Celeste Parks and Reverend Adam McNeil Williams. Her marriage to Martin Luther King, Sr. resulted in three children: Martin Luther King, Jr.,
She was the mother in law of Coretta Scott King.