As was customary in the 1920s, Alberta resigned from her teaching position to dedicate herself to her family after her wedding. As grandmother she displayed the same level of devotion that she demonstrated as a wife and as the "First Lady" of Ebenezer Church.

She taught for a short time before their Thanksgiving Day 1926 wedding, but she had to quit because married female teachers were not then allowed. There is a problem with your email/password. She gave birth to three children, Willie Christine, Martin and Alfred. The King family later moved to a large yellow brick house three blocks away.

× On October 29, 1899, she married A. D. Williams the pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. This account has been disabled. Oops, something didn't work. In 1964, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a community organizer, and posthumously, he was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Martin Luther King Sr. died of a heart attack on November 11, 1984, at age 84 and was interred next to her. Oops, we were unable to send the email. For Edits select Suggest Edits on the memorial page. You cannot download or purchase for any new licenses.

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She was shot and killed in the church by Marcus Wayne Chenault, a 23-year-old Black Hebrew Israelite, six years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.[1]. On August 3, 1995, he suffered a stroke, and was taken to a hospital, where he died at age 44 of complications from his stroke on August 19.[6][7]. Edit a memorial you manage or suggest changes to the memorial manager. Are you sure that you want to delete this memorial? Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. We have 2 volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. To view a photo in more detail or edit captions for photos you added, click the photo to open the photo viewer. In 1974, six years after the assassination of her son Martin, and five years after her son Alfred died in a swimming accident, Alberta was behind the organ during service at Ebenezer when an armed man entered the church shooting.

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Please reset your password. Subscribe for unlimited access on or Sign-In if you are a subscriber. As a mother, Alberta worked diligently to instill a sense of self-respect within her three children. An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request. We’ve updated the security on the site. In a paper he wrote as a student at Crozer Seminary, Martin Luther King, Jr. describes his mother as a caring, dedicated parent and a consummate housekeeper. Enter your log in email address and we'll send you a link to reset your password.

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The couple had one child, Alberta Christine Williams (the mother of Martin Luther King, Jr.).Williams moved into the King home when her husband died in 1931. Failed to delete memorial. The Mother of Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Also A Devout Activist Whose Life Was Cut Short By Gun Violence OSLO, NORWAY, Dec. 10, 1964—Martin Luther King, displays his Nobel Peace Prize medal. Hananiah E. Israel of Cincinnati, castigated black civil rights activists and black church leaders as being evil and deceptive, but claimed in interviews not to have advocated violence. Years later Ebenezer dedicated it's new pipe organ in their new sanctuary across the street in honor for her passion for beautiful worship music. Alberta Christine Williams was born on September 13, 1904, to Reverend Adam Daniel Williams, at the time preacher of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and Jennie Celeste (Parks) Williams. Family members linked to this person will appear here.

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