My Life, My Love, My Legacy

My Life, My Love, My Legacy

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 timeBorn 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...

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Title:My Life, My Love, My Legacy
Author:Coretta Scott King
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ISBN:1627795987
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Number of Pages:368 pages

My Life, My Love, My Legacy Reviews

  • Stacey Fronczak
    Jan 10, 2017

    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

    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 Coretta."

    The book allowed us to see a more human side to Coretta, rather than a list of her qualities and accomplishments. It felt like you were hearing things straight from her, bonding, and seeing all the sides to her. She was a remarkable woman. We all know the highlights of hers and Martin's lives. This book allowed me to see all the tiny moments that lead up to the revolutionary changes they made. It showed where her strength came from, her love for her family, her parents devotion to her and her siblings. The drive behind her to not settle for the status quo and to break down barriers, one tiny roadblock at a time. Martin was a strong man and she was an even stronger force behind him. He claimed "Coretta proved to be that type of wife with qualities to make a husband when he could have been so easily broken". I believe this is a must read for all. It is a beautifully captured memoir of a life that was not always easy, but was wonderful all the same. Coretta is an admirable woman with unyielding faith, racial pride and perseverance. I am thankful I was fortunate enough to learn her story. I received an ARC from Librarythings Early Reviewer program.

  • Lori
    Jan 04, 2017

    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

    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 years she spent continuing with his legacy for equal rights. The building of the King Center. Her four children they raised and she continued to raise after Martin Luther KIng's murder. She has met and made friends with many famous people along the way. the wives of Malcolm X. and Medgar Evars. Oprah Winfrey, the Mandelas. She was quite a woman herself and accomplished so much in the decades . I really liked to read a book that had her own words and feelings. She really was a magnificent woman herself. this was an ARC book that is coming out this month. I think anyone who has an interest in Coretta Scott King and her husband Martin Luther King will find this to be an interesting book. I was glad to get the chance to learn more about Coretta Scott King. I am also glad that Rev.Dr.Barbara Reynolds decided to share these interviews with the world.

  • Linda
    Jan 16, 2017

    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

    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 remarkable woman.

  • Nancy
    Jan 27, 2017

    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

    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 faith, which gave her strength to endure what would break those of us made of baser metal.

    From her childhood she was cognizant of racism; as her father endeavored to run businesses to support her family he was victimized, his businesses destroyed. The family home, built by Coretta's grandfather, was burned to the ground, and her uncle lynched. Her education was sub par and yet she won a scholarship to Antioch College.

    Coretta had the gift of song and music and planned to pursue a career as a concert singer. Then a friend introduced her to a young minister who wanted a wife; his standards were very high and he was frustrated that he would never find his perfect helpmate. Until he met Coretta.

    At their first meeting Martin Luther King Jr. identified Coretta as the woman of his dreams--a woman with character, intelligence, personality, and beauty. She quickly found herself falling in love. Leaving her dream of performance behind she instead graduated with a music education degree. Coretta, raised Methodist, found herself a Baptist minister's wife with all it's obligations and limitations, living in a parsonage.

    Martin and Coretta shared a commitment to pacifism and a dream of social justice in America. Coretta was a strong, independent, and committed woman who sometimes chaffed at Martin's expectations to be wife and mother and keeper of the home fire as he went out to slay dragons. She considered herself an equal partner in her husband's work and not just a helpmate. She aided in fundraising through Freedom Concerts and speeches. She offered Martin a safe haven were he could grapple with depression and dejection, seeking renewal through prayer and introspection.

    Coretta covers the harrowing stories of non-violent protests met with hatred, murder, beatings, and police brutality. That the freedom fighters were able to forgive these actions can only be attributed to their deep faith. At times I had to put the book down; at times I found myself in tears. I know about these events, yet Coretta's words affected me deeply.

    The later part of the story, after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., we see Coretta blossom into leadership on her own. She tells about her work creating the King Center, establishing Martin Luther King Day, her anti-war work and support of feminism, and attacking Apartheid. We learn that she makes mistakes and learns from them. We hear her anger when she and other women leaders in the movement were sidelined. She shares her feelings about presidential support, or lack of support, of her causes. She rejects stories about her husband's infidelity as lies and holds a belief that government agencies were behind the murder of her husband. And she talks about her children.

    The publication of Coretta's autobiography is timely, a lesson in how resistance movements can alter policy, raise awareness, and impact cultural norms. On the other hand, we now also understand that the battle is ongoing; each generation must commit to standing up to injustice in all its forms.

    I received a free ebook from the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

  • Diamond Jones
    Mar 02, 2017

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  • Jean Poulos
    Jan 30, 2017

    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

    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 30, 1956 with her and her children inside. She also tells of MLK’s assassination and her years after his death. King also tells of her aspiration for a musical career and her scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music. The book reveals Coretta as a person out from the shadows of her famous husband.

    Coretta Scott King was the first African-American to lie in State in the Georgia State Capitol upon her death.

    I enjoyed reading the memoir of a most remarkable woman.

    LaVoy and Rashad did a good job narrating the book. January LaVoy is a Broadway actor, voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. Phylicia Rashad is and actress and audiobook narrator.

  • Linda Lipko
    Jan 29, 2017

    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

    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 President John Kennedy after the very successful march on Washington. She literally walked by Martin's side for hundreds of marches. Trained in college for a life of operatic singing, when she met Martin, all that changed.

    She noted many behind the scenes bickering regarding who received the most attention, but overall knew that even though the paths were different, the cause remained the same.

    Strong, resilient and beautiful, Coretta was instrumental in keeping the memories of MLK, Jr. alive, long after his assignation, There is such beauty in her portrayal of family life with Martin and their four children.

    Four Stars

  • Kimberly Jackson
    Feb 11, 2017

    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!!!!

  • Vera
    Feb 17, 2017

    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

    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 tracks more.

    In any event, Mrs. King led an extraordinary life. Her husband was one of the greatest men who ever lived; nevertheless, he was only human and as flawed as any husband. Her story was told with remarkable candor. She truly embodies the ideals of nonviolence and Christian love and charity. She came to know some of the truly most remarkable people of the last century and the current one: John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, Desmond Tutu, John Lewis, Indira Ghandi, Corey Aquino and on and on. She was truly an inspiration to her husband, her family, her country and the world.

    I enjoyed this "read" and recommend it highly.

  • Ciera Nicole
    Feb 21, 2017

    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

    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 encouraging especially for women like Coretta who are often shadowed or silenced by a power higher than them. (in Coretta's case, her powerful husband) Some of Coretta's revelations in this book were shocking to me because I thought I knew everything about the movement but I see I was very wrong. Coretta represents all women who are shunned by gender and shows the entire world that if you work hard, you can achieve anything. God bless her soul.