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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.… (mere)
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Titel:Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy
Forfattere:Coretta Scott King (Forfatter)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (2017), 368 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Feminism, Women of Color, History, Empowerment

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After watching Tom Hank's series 1968: The Year That Changed America, I realised that the only fact I knew about Coretta Scott King was that she was Martin Luther King's wife and then widow. As she states in her memoirs, that 'Makes me sound like the attachments that come with my vacuum cleaner'. And I didn't even know the truth about her marriage, believing the rumours about MLK that Coretta insisted were started by J Edgar Hoover out of jealousy. In her view, she and Martin had a happy marriage and were 'emotional twins' for fourteen years.

I was absolutely blown away by this biography, which is told in Coretta's voice but written by Dr Barbara Reynolds after Mrs King's death in 2006 ('There are some things in this book I believe she did not want said in her lifetime'). She was such an amazing, strong, determined, intelligent and inspired woman, who felt her own calling but joined with her husband to support his larger role as a civil rights leader and 'president of black America' in the 1950s and 1960s. I learned so much about them both, to be honest - I didn't know that MLK was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 or survived a near fatal knife attack ('If Martin had sneezed, he would have died'). When JFK was assassinated in 1963, King said 'This is exactly what's going to happen to me', and started living and working like every day might be his last.

I think it's right that Coretta finally got to have her say. They were partners when they were married, although she is quick to point out the chauvinism of the era that reduced her to a stay at home wife ('such a waste of a woman's creativity, talent and energy'), but she really came into her own after his assassination in 1968. Like Jackie Kennedy, Coretta kept her husband's memory alive, but she also went one step further, establishing the King Centre to promote King's principles of nonviolence, and campaigned tirelessly to have his birthday made a national holiday (Stevie Wonder's song 'Happy Birthday' was written in honour of MLK). She has also been a diplomat and a delegate in her own right, travelling to South Africa during Apartheid, and was accused of betraying the civil rights cause by Jesse Jackson - 'I really consider myself a human rights activist', she explains.

'I have a purpose. I have a mission, and I have carried it out on the world stage.'

Covering every subject from her marriage ('I never said he was perfect') and her role in the Montgomery bus boycott, to losing her husband to a government assassin's bullet and learning to continue their shared vision of the 'Beloved Community' alone, with all the ugly racism in between (sadly not a lot has changed), everyone should read Coretta's memoirs and learn more about two of the most noble figures in modern Black American history. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Oct 8, 2020 |
I have to say that this book was very eye-opening to me. I did not know about half the things that Mrs. King goes into with this memoir. I say it was very much like reading a history book in which you already know the names, places, and people, but it feels like you were there. I will say that the shifting timelines through me a bit here and there though. I like to read memoirs in a linear format since jumping around back and forth can be confusing. Also, some parts of this memoir at times felt unfinished. I wanted to go back and ask a question which of course I can't do.

"My Life, My Love, My Legacy" is Coretta Scott King's memoir. It talks about her childhood, her marriage to Martin Luther King, Jr., and all of her efforts to keep preaching his beliefs about non-violence being the way forward for African Americans in the United States. She also provides details into her friendships with some very powerful leaders in their own right (Indira Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Betty Shabazz, and Myrlie Evers-Williams).

I think the book is a bit slow to start. When Coretta Scott King begins her tale of her childhood and her parents it definitely holds your attention. But I think that it ended up a bit garbled here and there just because of the time-line jumping. I also wish that we had heard more about her family throughout the book. We hear about her parents earlier on, but don't go back to them much until the very end of the book.

From there we go into Mrs. King's affinity for music. I honestly had no idea that she was an accomplished singer and had gone to school to train to become a classical singer. I also have to say it was eye-opening to read about her thoughts and feelings about the Civil Rights movement. It seems even now many of us don't know much about the women involved with the movement beyond Rosa Parks. I was surprised to see how heavily Coretta Scott King and other women were involved.

I also have to applaud her candor talking about how chauvinistic the Baptists were with regards to women leaders. She is upfront about it and also upfront about the sad fact that other countries in the world had elected women to the highest levels of government, yet the United States was (and still is) lacking in the regard.

I also love her for confronting the rumors of her husband's infidelity. I had heard a little here and there about J. Edgar Hoover's hatred of Dr. King, but when you read this book and read all of the things he got up to. Yeah...I am good with still not being a fan of that man.

Though the book jumps around, it does hit upon some dates of importance in the civil rights movement in the United States. We get to her Mrs. King's thoughts on women and African American men and women running for office, apartheid, and even her comments on whether James Earl Ray acted alone. Can I say though, I had no idea there was even a trial looking into the government's involvement in the assassination of Martin Luther King. When you read what Mrs. King presents I just shook my head. I can sadly believe it.

I also loved reading about her thoughts and opinions about other leaders she met like President Johnson, Carter, Nixon, Bush Sr., Kennedy, etc. I also felt for her for having to learn a lesson about publicly endorsing a presidential candidate at all due to some people taking it the wrong way and or being angry that she wasn't doing what they thought she should do.

And reading about the struggles to get the King Center up and running and the break that she had with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and her thoughts on Reverend Jesse Jackson.

I loved reading this book since it reminded me of listening to an older aunt that just wants to give you some hard lessons about life and how one must go on even when you don't know if in the end you are going to be able to get to where you need to go.

The book then ends a bit abruptly and then goes into afterwords written by close friends of Mrs. King such as Maya Angelou, her daughter, and others. Some of these I found to be quite moving. She definitely touched a lot of people and I can't imagine the strength she had to go on and keep doing what she believed while also raising her children and dealing with being the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King. She astutely points out that she and the widows of other famous civil rights leaders at the time (Betty Shabazz and Myrlie Evers-Williams) had to deal with so many people's opinions about what they should do and how to act.

I do have to say that reading this book showed me definitely how far the United States has come as a country that seemed apathetic to the concept of civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s. However, it definitely shows me how much further we still have to go. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
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I often wondered about Coretta Scott King's life, as a wife, mother, and then administrator of the King Center. Now I wonder no more. This book clearly presents Mrs. King as her person, with her beliefs that continued to support civil rights and social justice after her husband's death. Highly recommended reading! ( )
  AdwoaCamaraIfe | Feb 1, 2019 |
Informative read but not the best text If you don't know who Coretta Scott King is before reading this book then it's definitely a must read for you if you have any interest in the life, legacy and impact of MLK. I was fascinated by the prospect of reading more about his wife, especially as I really only knew her in relation to her husband. So this seemed like this would be a good read.
 
The book tells King's life as told to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds. Her childhood was especially fascinating and a reminder that we are not all that far from her experiences. And it was genuinely fascinating to read how she met her husband, how she became involved with his work and how she continued on after he died.
 
I guess I'm not sure what to expect (although it was really interesting to read this history from her POV) and think the writing style was part of the problem. When it's told to another person sometimes these works don't work really well (I read what is billed as MLK's autobiography as culled from his writings, speeches, etc.) but sometimes they do, as in Alex Haley's Malcolm X book.
 
It's a pity because sometimes the text was really interesting. And much to my surprise, there were times when it outright funny. The introduction immediately talks about how she is often discussed in relation to others (wife of, leader of, mother of, etc.). The next sentence says "Makes me sound like the attachments that come with my vacuum cleaner." I was NOT expecting this and had a good laugh. King makes an excellent point but what pleasantly surprised me was the humor and personality that occasionally really shone through in the book.
 
So while the book didn't quite work for me it may be a book I would have to return to in the future. I wonder if I might have understood the book better if I had read her other book 'My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.' first. But I don't regret reading this one. Borrowed from the library, and that was best for me. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
My Life, My Love, My Legacy

I Picked Up This Book Because: Curiosity. Because of who her husband was, who her family was had to make her life different.

The Story:

The story of Coretta Scott King’s life from a small girl in nowhere U.S.A to the wife of one of the most significant civil rights leaders in the world. It is told in depth and unabashedly.

The audiobook has two narrators, the only reason I can think as to why is to show some significance from before and after Martin’s death. The first narrator I found charismatic and easy to listen to. The second narrator was not bad but her tone of voice made me want to go to sleep. Also her material got old quick. There was a lot of blame game happening and while I know being blocked and knocked down at every turn is a major part of the struggle I felt like it got to be too much of he did she did.

Overall I found the book thought provoking. I don’t think I could have done it if I were in Mrs King’s shoes. The constant worry for you husband’s life, the life and well being of your children. Then raising four children alone. She was such a strong woman.

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2.5 Stars ( )
  bookjunkie57 | May 1, 2017 |
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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.

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