Coretta Scott King’s True Story Told Fully for the First Time

  • Recognized by Time Magazine marking MLK50
  • Named a Washington Post Book to Read
  • A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
  • A USA Today “New and Noteworthy” Pick
  • A Read It Forward Favorite Read
  • A Parade Magazine Pick
  • A Publishers Weekly “Notable African-American Titles”

Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy reveals never-before- told aspects of Mrs. King’s life…We learn of the brilliant mind and courageous spirit behind the enigmatic figure” (Essence).

Born in 1927 to daringly enterprising parents in the Deep South, Coretta Scott King was more than one letter, one time or one dimension. She always felt called to a special purpose living through the dangers of her youth and recruited to Antioch College as one of the first black scholarship students. Her political and social activism created an enduring commitment to the peace movement. Her gifts and love of music was honed as a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music. While there, she met Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister who insisted his wife stay home 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 a U.S. national holiday in honor of her husband; championed women’s, workers’, and gay rights; and was a powerful international voice for nonviolence, freedom, and human dignity.

“Distinctly…particularly absorbing” (Patricia J. Williams, The New York Times Book Review).

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.

About the Author

A long-standing Civil Rights activist and minister, Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds and Mrs. Coretta Scott King were friends for more than 30 years. Dr. Barbara Reynolds is a world-renowned author of 8 books including Coretta Scott King: My Life, My Love, My Legacy. Recordings of Mrs. King’s journey are a treasured part of their shared history and friendship. In addition to her continously active platform as a journalist commenting on today’s current events, she is also writing her 9th book!

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