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My life, my love, my legacy

by King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006,

Format: Book on CD 2017
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Audiovisual Collection (CD) E185.97.K47 A3 2017bx
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  (CD) E185.97.K47 A3 2017bx
CLP - Homewood Audiovisual Collection (CD) E185.97.K47 A3 2017bx
Location  CLP - Homewood
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  (CD) E185.97.K47 A3 2017bx
Northern Tier Regional Library Adult Audiobooks CD/BK BIO KING
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Adult Audiobooks
Call Number  CD/BK BIO KING
Western Allegheny Community Library Audiovisual CDBOOK 92 KING
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Audiovisual
Call Number  CDBOOK 92 KING

"...this audiobook, which was dictated in the last year of King's life, put's both her and her husband's struggles in cultural and historical context. This is a must-listen." -- The Berkshire Edge

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.

This program includes archival recordings of Coretta Scott King and is read by Phylicia Rashad and January LaVoy.

Phylicia Rashad is an actress, singer and stage director. She is known for roles in television shows such as Empire, Psych, and as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show . Her voice-over credits include spots in The Cleveland Show, Little Bill and Sofia the First. Rashad has also appeared in such films as For Colored Girls, Good Deeds, and Creed.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* King and journalist Reynolds met in 1975, forming a firm friendship during which Reynolds interviewed the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. many times. Eventually, their conversations coalesced into a formal agreement for Reynolds to assist the civil rights icon in writing a first-person memoir. The result is wholly focused on King's life and contains intimate thoughts about her childhood, marriage, and professional aspirations. King is remarkably candid as she addresses rumors of her husband's infidelity, her frustrations with the often sexist attitudes of the movement's leaders, and the immense pressure she felt standing at the center of history. King also shares her struggle to balance the needs of her family with her own often overlooked music career. (I love being your wife and the mother of your children, she recounts telling Martin. But if that's all I am to do, I'll go crazy.) King was undoubtedly a singular woman, and readers will be struck by just how strongly her exceedingly compelling story resonates today. She was much more than just the woman behind the man, and now, in the most eloquent of language, she proves that truth once and for all to generations of readers who will embrace her all over again.--Mondor, Colleen Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Reynolds (Out of Hell and Living Well), an ordained minister who was a confidante of Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) since 1975, has produced from their many conversations together a posthumous memoir largely focused on King's public life. There are few intimate glimpses, although a wife and mother's anxieties come through strongly, as they did in King's 1969 memoir, My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. The present work includes an array of afterwords (from her daughter Bernice, Maya Angelou, and others) and Reynolds's postscript, "The Making of Her Memoir." It begins by revisiting King's life story and her part in historical events from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to her husband's assassination. The book's latter part traces King's political activism and spiritual commitment since Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, and the roles of their children, Yolanda, Bernice, Martin III, and Dexter, in sustaining his legacy. Overall, though some political disagreements are mentioned, this is a spiritual narrative with God as a frequent directing presence. Readers for whom the Civil Rights Movement is ancient history may get a lot out of Reynolds's rendering of King's account. As oral history, aspects will interest academic historians. "In reading this memoir, I hope somehow you see Coretta," King confides in her introduction. One does, but without the vibrancy, immediacy, and clarity one might hope for. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects King, Coretta Scott, -- 1927-2006.
King, Martin Luther, -- Jr., -- 1929-1968.
Civil rights workers -- United States -- Biography.
African American women -- Biography.
Social reformers -- United States -- Biography.
Spouses of clergy -- United States -- Biography.
Widows -- United States -- Biography.
Baptist women -- United States -- Biography.
Christian women -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Reynolds, Barbara A., author.
LaVoy, January, narrator.
Rashad, Phylicia, 1948- narrator.
Macmillan Audio (Firm), publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Phylicia Rashad and January LaVoy.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
"Includes archival recordings of Coretta Scott King"--Container.
Description 12 audio discs (14.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1250122627
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