My Life, My Love, My Legacy

My Life, My Love, My Legacy

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"The life story of Coretta Scott King--wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and singular twentieth-century American civil rights activist--as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to one of her closest friends Born in 1927 to daringly enterprising black parents in the Deep South, Coretta Scott had always felt called to a special purpose. One of the first black scholarship students recruited to Antioch College, a committed pacifist, and a civil rights activist, she was an avowed feminist--a graduate student determined to pursue her own career--when she met Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister insistent that his wife stay home with the children. But in love and devoted to shared Christian beliefs and racial justice goals, she married King, and events promptly thrust her into a maelstrom of history throughout which she was a strategic partner, a standard bearer, a marcher, a negotiator, and a crucial fundraiser in support of world-changing achievements. As a widow and single mother of four, while butting heads with the all-male African American leadership of the times, she championed gay rights and AIDS awareness, founded the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, lobbied for fifteen years to help pass a bill establishing the US national holiday in honor of her slain husband, and was a powerful international presence, serving as a UN ambassador and playing a key role in Nelson Mandela's election. Coretta's is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an independent-minded black woman in twentieth-century America, a brave leader who stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful in the face of terrorism and violent hatred every single day of her life."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781627795982
1627795987
Characteristics: viii, 356 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Reynolds, Barbara A. - Author

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Honypop
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.

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Angie206
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.

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janetarlene
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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