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Coretta Scott King : a biography
McCarty, Laura T.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2009]

Physical Description:
xxv, 160 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
From the Publisher: Coretta Scott was committed to social justice long before she met and married Martin Luther King, Jr. She shared in all the dangers that King's prominence in the civil rights movement brought, and she saw herself as full partner in the movement. Yet she generally remained in the background, supporting King's work and caring for their children, until his assassination transformed her into a movement leader in her own right: founder of the King Center, leader of a mass demonstration for a renewed national commitment to nonviolent social change, force behind the establishment of the national holiday bearing her husband's name. This book follows the trajectory of Coretta Scott King's tumultuous life at the heart of the most important American social movement of the 20th century. In the dark days following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King courageously emerged from her supporting role in the civil rights movement to preserve King's legacy of nonviolent commitment to social justice.
Series foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Timeline: Events in the Life of Coretta Scott King -- Introduction -- 1: Black belt heritage -- 2: Journey north and back -- 3: Beginnings: family, work, movement -- 4: Putting down roots in Atlanta -- 5: Difficult days -- 6: Becoming a widow -- 7: Establishing his and her legacy: the King Center -- 8: Four children, another legacy -- 9: Difficult times for the King Center -- 10: Coretta on the international stage -- 11: Guardians of Martin's image and words -- 12: Reopening the King assassination -- 13: Coretta's last acts -- 14: Homegoing services -- 15: Coretta Scott King Book Awards -- Conclusion -- Selected resources -- Index.
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