Tragically, several years after the assassination of her famous son, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., Alberta King was also murdered. Her shooter confronted her in the Ebenezer Baptist Church where her son, husband, and father had all preached.
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., Christine King Farris, and Alfred Daniel Williams King I.
She was the mother in law of Coretta Scott King.