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. Buy Now (includes free shipping)!

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 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 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.

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After her home was bombed in Montgomery, her father and Daddy King came to take her and baby Yolanda away. She would not budge, and Martin did not budge. If she had wavered…there probably would not have been a Montgomery bus boycott.” — Andrew Young, Friend of the King Famiy and former United Nations Ambassador.

“If I had not had the kind of with the fortitude, strength, and calmness of Coretta, I could not have stood up to the ordeals and tensions…Coretta proved to be that kind of wife with qualities to make a husband when he could have so easily been broken. –Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Coretta was kind to those people others might look down upon, people who were unlucky or uneducated or unloved. She was serious about being a good Christian. I mean acting it. Living it. Being it. Showing it. Sharing it. I will never stop missing her,” —Maya Angelou


What People Are Saying About the Journey to Bring this Story to the World

  • “Can’t wait to get a copy. Her legacy is too great not to. The young people of today need to read this and the struggle that went down so we can walk in the front door or have some of the things we take for granted.” Rohan B.
  • “This has been a long journey. So glad to see it happen.” – JR B.
  • “Barbara, thank you for writing this book!” – Donna B.




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Out of Hell, Living Well: Healing From the Inside Out . This is my personal story behind the sound bytes, behind the smiles, and the bright lights. This is a story of what goes on in a troubled soul and a persona drained dry of all self-esteem. It is a story of hellish situations–some I was born in and some I created. The bigger picture, however, is how I not only survived, but also thrived through divine intervention and a SPIRITUAL MAKEOVER. If you ever felt like you wanted to give up on your dreams, thought that your life would never change; that you would always be rejected or abused, read my story! It will change your life.

It is the epic story of one African-American woman who soared to the highest heights in American journalism. Dr. Barbara A. Reynolds is author of 8 books. She hosted Reynolds Rap on XM satellite and WOL-radio. She mentored students studying journalism and religion at Howard University’s School of Communications. Millions became accustomed to Dr. Reynolds as a columnist and Start-Up Editor at USA Today and a familiar face on CNN and public television in this season.

She was one of the first African American women to be awarded a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. While soaring professionally, she almost drowned in a private hell of the demons from her past– abandonment by her mother, incest, longing for the children she did not bear, job discrimination and a bad marriage that ended with the “murder of the other woman.”

Desperate to heal herself, she became addicted to a potentially deadly elixir of alcohol and tranquilizers, which almost claimed her life. Miraculously God intervened and performed a Spiritual Makeover– healing from the inside out—and birthed the Harriet’s Anti-Drug Ministry to rescue others from the bondage of addiction. She conducts Spiritual Makeover seminars nationwide. An ordained minister, Dr. Reynolds earned her master’s degree from Howard University School of Divinity and a doctorate from United Theological Seminary.

What People Say About Out of Hell, Living Well: Healing from the Inside Out

“I have witnessed the spiritual transformation of Elder Reynolds. This book shares her very painful, private struggle and serves as a vivid testimony to the power of God to change the mess of our lives into powerful ministries. I highly recommend it.”

Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr., Sr. Pastor, Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church, Washington DC

“A fascinating journey into the metamorphosis of a soul. Shocking and inspiring revelations of a resurrected life.”

Rev. Dr Michelle Balamani, author of “Dancing on Our Graves: Healing the Hearts and Souls of Women.”

Barbara SAYS: “Now as a minister, I can understand why I had to go through this valley of abandonment by my mother, incest, racism in my career, alcoholism, a bad marriage, abortions and near mental collapse. I was designed for the purpose of aiding people struggling with drugs, alcohol and other addictions, as well as low self-esteem, to be set free through the intervention of the power of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Down in this valley of agony and despair, I have come to understand addiction, abuse and healing in ways I could never have learned from a textbook. I believe I have made the journey from madness to wellness myself. If I can serve as a guide in that struggle, it is well worth the pain of having lived a troubled life.”

Doing Good in the Hood: The Life, Leadership & Legacy of Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr.

Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr: has risen from a storefront preacher to a world stage of evangelism. He struggles through life without the love of a father; yet he has become a spiritual father to thousands. With the same exuberance in which he once preached to seven people, his messages of hope now reach millions. While other churches flee the ghetto for Doing Good in the Hoodthe affluent suburbs, he proudly affirms his congregation “as the church in the hood that will do you good.” He extols his congregants in a mission to “rise up and build.” As he continues to plant churches worldwide, he still walks humbly, loves deeply and has surrendered all to the Gospel. Bishop Alfred Owens has combined spiritual fervor and seminary training to build one of the nation’s most effective Pentecostal institutions.

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No, I Won’t Shut Up

This book, with a foreword by Coretta Scott King, is a summary of Dr. Barbara Reynolds’ iconic voice on issues of politics, policy and culture for over 30 years. In this body of work, the reader will experience the full measure of Dr. Reynolds telling it like it is. Exclusive autographed copies by the author only available at this website.  

No I Won't Shut Up

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Jesse Jackson: America’s David

This was the first book to expose lies embedded in his rise to one of the nation’s foremost black leaders. She chronicles original behind-the-scene pieces of history – the MLK assassination story, growing up in a shack, Operation Breadbasket finances, and Jackson’s personal life. Exclusively available on this website.


Jesse Jackson - America's David

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