My Life, My Love, My Legacy

My Life, My Love, My Legacy

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Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR
The New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
The Washington Post 's Books to Read in 2017
USA Today , "New and Noteworthy"
Read it Forward, Favorite Reads of January 2017
A Parade Magazine Pick

"This book is distinctly Coretta 's story . . . particularly absorbing. . . generous, in a manner that is unfashionable in our culture." -- New York Times Book Review

"Eloquent . . . inspirational"-- USA Today

The life story of Coretta Scott King--wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), and singular twentieth-century American civil and human rights activist--as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds.

Born in 1927 to daringly enterprising parents in the Deep South, Coretta Scott had always felt called to a special purpose. While enrolled as one of the first black scholarship students recruited to Antioch College, she became politically and socially active and committed to the peace movement. As a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music, determined to pursue her own career as a concert singer, she met Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister insistent that his wife stayhome with the children. But in love and devoted to shared Christian beliefs as well as shared racial and economic justice goals, she married Dr. King, and events promptly thrust her into a maelstrom of history throughout which she was a strategic partner, a standard bearer, and so much more.

As a widow and single mother of four, she worked tirelessly to found and develop The King Center as a citadel for world peace, lobbied for fifteen years for the US national holiday in honor of her husband, championed for women's, workers' and gay rights and was a powerful international voice for nonviolence, freedom and human dignity.

Coretta's is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an extraordinary black woman in twentieth-century America, a brave leader who, in the face of terrorism and violent hatred, stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful every day of her life.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781627795982
Branch Call Number: 323.092 KING C
Characteristics: viii, 356 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Reynolds, Barbara A. - Author


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Aug 01, 2019

Really inspirational read. I loved being able to hear a first hand account from a woman during the Civil Rights era. It gave me a lot of hope for change in the future.

Jun 22, 2017

If you want to read an eye witness account of the civil rights movement - this it. Mrs. King to me is one of the most beloved and respected women of the movement, it was an interesting account of how women were treated 'to be seen, but not heard'. Women were involved in the movement from the beginning, but their voices were seldom heard. We have made progress, but still a lot of work to be done.
It was disappointing however to see that someone wrote their personal comments in the book in ink on 4 pages - I personally did not want to read what someone other than the author wrote. It's not ok to me to write in a book unless it belongs to me - at least with pencil, it could have been easily erased. When I return the book, I will mention this to the Library staff, and hopefully they can somehow remove the ink, and not have to repurchase the book.

Jun 07, 2017

Finally, We get to hear from one of the most iconic women in our time from the civil right era. This honest no holds barred account comes from the mouth of a woman who dedicated her life to the legacy and love of her late great husband civil rights leader, Rev.Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. and the nonviolence civil rights movement while carving out her own rightful legacy in history and paving the way for others to do the same.

Feb 26, 2017

Loved the first half of the book: the stories of the trials and struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. A sad tale of our nation.

The second half, or last third, maybe, got a little too political for me. It became tiresome.

Overall, a good read.


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