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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

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 sc
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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In her later years Coretta Scott King shared her story with her chosen biographer, Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, resulting in the posthumous autobiography My Life My Love My Legacy.

Most remember Coretta as the wife of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Coretta wanted us to know who she was, not only as the supporter and partner in her husband 's work but in her own right as a life-long pacifist and human rights leader.

Coretta's courage and determination was sustained by her deep Christian f
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coretta Scott King's memoirs as told by the Reverend Dr. Barbara Reynolds is a book that was 20 years in the making although the seeds of this project were planted 42 years ago when Reynolds first interviewed King. King's book is really good. In it she recounts her upbringing in rural Alabama and her dreams to become a concert singer. That all changed when she met a young seminary student named Martin Luther King Jr. She later became his wife and was also a powerful figure in the Civil Rights Mo ...more
Linda Lipko
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a restless night, and I spent awake time finishing this fascinating story by Coretta Scott King. To live with a man who was so very instrumental in becoming and remaining one of the pivotal members of the American Civil Right movement was not an easy task. Their's was a relationship of strength with a very strong bond of Christian faith.

I found it sad to learn that in many of the events, women were not encouraged to attend. For example, she was not invited to go with Martin to meet then P
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was delighted to be a goodreads giveaway winner of "My Life, My Love,My Legacy" by Coretta Scott King. This book is based on years of interviews with The Rev.Dr. Barbara Reynolds. Mrs. King takes the interviews from her birth, childhood, years in college.She spends chapters talking about her marriage to Martin Luther King, the years fighting for Civil rights during and after her husband's death. She talks about the racial hatred's she has endured in her life. the murder of her husband. The yea ...more
This is a posthumous memoir of Coretta Scott King (1927-2006). Apparently, King narrated the memoir to Rev. Barbara Reynolds in 2006 along with some interviews. Reynolds was a longtime friend of King. The book covers her life from birth to death.

King tells of the racial hatred she had to endure growing up in Alabama, the whites burning her family home when she was a child, and racial discrimination throughout most of her life. She tells of her life with MLK, the bombing of their home on January
Diamond Jones
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Growing up and throughout life you learn and hear about everything involving Martin Luther King Jr. I enjoyed this book! It gave you a detailed story into getting to know Mrs. King as Coretta and not just the Wife of Mr. King. I knew she didn't have an easy life growing up but I was still shocked over a lot that happened through her life. There was a lot to learn about Mrs. Coretta in this book. I recommend this book to everyone of all ages. I read the physical book and then listene
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
From her childhood, growing up and education, through meeting Martin and their life together, but that's just the first half of this great biography. It was the second half that I found even more interesting, her struggles to create the King center, struggles with gender inequality as she pushed forward alone after Martin, her work with and commentary on every POTUS from Kennedy to Bush, working with leaders around the world while often ignored in her own country.

Definitely worth a read, and I
Alyse Stolz
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an incredible life story!
Kimberly Jackson
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has taught me so much about Coretta Scott King. Her life was amazing and right from the beginning she was a hard working woman. Determined to get her education and make a legacy for herself Coretta never gave up no matter what the circumstances were. This book is a must read!!!!
Mrs. Krajewski
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm in awe of Coretta Scott King's calm demeanor, strength, courage, and determination. She was most certainly a woman of many talents. She was just as much of an activist as Martin was, but stayed behind the scenes more. She cared for her children as any devoted mother would, and she loved Martin with all of her heart. As I was reading this book, I could feel her anguish and desire to grieve, but she never did publicly, or even in front of her children. She was their pillar of strength, and aft ...more
Stacey Fronczak
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Life, My Love, My Legacy is a wonderful read. It was transcribed by Reverend Dr. Barbara Reynolds based on her notes and recordings of Coretta since they first met in 1975. Coretta states "Most people who have followed my career from afar, or even given me a second thought, know me as Mrs. King: the wife of, the widow of, the mother of, the leader of." "In one sense, I don't mind that at all. I'm proud to have been a wife, a single parent, and a leader. But I am more than a label. I am also C ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This posthumous memoir was written by Barbara Reynolds, a friend and journalist selected by Coretta Scott King to write about her life based on conversations recorded from 1975-2000. No topic is off limits, from questions about her children to the inevitable question about her husband’s fidelity. Coretta shines through the narrative as an indomitable person in her own right, so much more than just “Mrs. King.” Afterwords by people who knew her well further illuminate the character of this remark ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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A solid 3.5 stars. The first half described their life; their marriage, the highs, the lows, the kids, the turbulent times. But after the assassination mid-book, it lost focus and I did too.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book of 2017!!
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great auto-biography that shows that Coretta Scott King was more than just the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.

A life-ling pacifist, human rights leader, strong Christian and all around amazing woman!!
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, bios
Beautifully read by January LaVoy and Phylicia Rashad! Eye opening and great look into who Coretta was outside of being Mrs. King!
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I learned a lot from this book, particularly about CSK's life after MLK was assassinated.
Sue Davidson
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book gave me a huge appreciation and admiration for what the Kings did and the sacrifice and suffering it took to get there.
(Listened to CD)
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an extraordinary tale of an extraordinary woman.
Karyn Buchanan
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing read. A chance to get to know the beloved widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, junior and realize she was a force of nature. This is a book that changed me; I want to be more like Coretta. She was a wife, a human rights activists, a mother, a politician, a vision.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
King saw the need that her story be told posthumously by
an author that she trusted. This books shared Coretta's growth from a middle class family from Alabama through her life as a daughter, mother and helpmate to her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King. She shares the struggles she endured as a Civil Rights leader and behind the scenes bickering of those who worked with Dr. King including jealousy and those who felt that they were not receiving the attention they deserved. Many of those icons felt
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Phenomenal woman.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I like reading biographies and memoirs. Normally, they're really interesting and I'm satisfied with the ending. This one is different. This one gives the reader, in this case, a white librarian, a front row seat to a primary source story of having the home your father built burnt to the ground, your family threatened, your husband murdered and raising four children alone all while meeting with heads of state and carrying out the message of Christ and Ghandi: non-violence.

Five stars. A must-read.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good book about Coretta Scott King, and what she had to go through to keep her husband's memory alive.
Ciera Nicole
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Coretta Scott King's autobiography. "My Life, My Love, My Legacy" was a good read and I learned more about who Coretta was. Coretta's goal for this book was to step outside of the shadow of her husband and introduce the world to who Coretta Scott was before she met Martin Luther King, Jr. Not only was she educated but Coretta was a driving force behind Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement and after his death.I found this book very inspiring and encoura ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super inspiring and moving. Coretta Scott King did so much with her life that I had no idea about.

The only things that would make this better were if there were less of a focus on MLK in the first half while he's alive (Coretta talks a lot about what he was up to, which is fair since he was the figurehead of the Civil Rights Movement in America, but she glosses over her own activities in favour of discussing what MLK is doing, which I think is unfair to herself—I would love to read more about he
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an inspirational book ..... what an inspirational woman! I upgrade this to 4.5 starts. I listened to the audio version. The last several tracks were recordings of Mrs. King's thoughts on a variety of subjects. Unfortunately, the audio was of such poor quality, it was hard for me to understand what she was saying.

The early tracks were narrated by January LaVoy and the later tracks were narrated by Phylicia Rashad. While both did an excellent job, for some reason I enjoyed Phyicia Rashad's tr
Kristen Anderson
I found this book fascinating. You hear so much about Martin, but not a lot about Coretta, except as a by-product of Martin stories, if that makes sense. Getting a deeper insight into the powerhouse that is Coretta Scott King was much appreciated. The book traces her life from birth to about 10 or so years prior to his death. She doesn't shy away from discussing all of the trials that came with marrying Martin and embarking on their civil rights work. She addresses the infidelity rumors surround ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Naomi Krokowski
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely astonishing how important Coretta has been in advancing the causes of human rights, and like many people I knew her mainly as Mrs. King- widow. This book felt a few times like a dollop of editing would have helped move the trajectory along, but I don't begrudge Coretta's right to place proper emphasis on her accomplishments- they are many, and deserving of more attention. I hope lots of people give this book- and the intelligent, compassionate, brave woman behind it- the time it deser ...more
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Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) was the wife of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. She gained an international reputation as an advocate of civil rights, nonviolence, international peace, full employment, and equal rights for women.

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