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My Life, My Love, My Legacy Audiobook

My Life, My Love, My Legacy

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Publisher's Summary

The life story of Coretta Scott King - wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and singular 20th-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 fund-raiser 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 15 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 20th-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 and 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.

©2017 Estate of Coretta Scott King (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Phylicia Rashad narrates the bulk of this audiobook with January LaVoy, and both do a superb job. Rashad's insistent voice and gentle tone reflect both the strength and quiet dignity that characterized King's life." (AudioFile)

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    Olivia Hughes Miami, FL United States 02-09-17
    Olivia Hughes Miami, FL United States 02-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "My Life, My Love, My Legacy"

    This book educated me so much. I could not put it down. I felt as if I really new each family member and other characters. I learned so much about Mrs. King and Dr. Kings' childhood, marriage, family and public life. I truly believe that the King family was called by God.
    I am extremely happy that I purchased this book through audible. Listening, allowed me to really HEAR!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-30-17
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-30-17 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Inspirational memoir"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Pittsburgh, PA, United States 01-25-17
    Janet Pittsburgh, PA, United States 01-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "An incredible inspiration"

    As I was listening to this book, Donald Trump was inaugurated and the following day women all over the world put on pink knit caps and demonstrated. A certain singer made a profanity laced speech and said she wanted to blow up the White House. No matter what your political views are, both Martin Luther King Jr, and Coretta Scott King would have been appalled by today's behavior. They achieved world wide change and they did it by marching and speech making and pointing out difficult but absolute truths. They did this with integrity and dignity. They did not back down even as many men, women and children were gassed, beaten, blown up, jailed, had fire hoses and police dogs turned on them, and were assassinated. But they were never violent, vulgar, they never spoke "alternative truths". This book is well written, the narrator is excellent. I was 9 years old when MLK was assassinated and I vividly remember watching these events unfold.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Williams II New Orleans 07-19-17
    James Williams II New Orleans 07-19-17
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    "Worth the listen"

    The audio book is very enlightening when it comes to this beautiful woman. I'm glad I purchased the book.

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    LSY 06-15-17
    LSY 06-15-17
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    "Eye Opening"

    I am so glad that I read this book. Mrs. Coretta Scott King is an extraordinary woman and her story is even more extraordinary. God had blessed her with Incredible strength and Grace beyond what one could measure.

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    doug 06-03-17
    doug 06-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wanted to like this book"

    I was so interested in what I could learn about a very important time in our history from a key player. Unfortunately, Coretta Scott King told the story in a way that came off as a tribute to herself. Had to stop listening. And the narration sounded more like a dramatic presentation then the telling of a story.

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    Erica 04-28-17
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    "Wonderful Book!"

    I learned things that I hadn't known before a out this very important movement, about Dr. King, Jr., and especially about Mrs King. Her role was as important after MLK's murder as it was during movement.
    Thank you Mrs. Coretta Scott King!

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    C. WARD Bowie,MD 03-29-17
    C. WARD Bowie,MD 03-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspiring"
    Where does My Life, My Love, My Legacy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thank you Coretta, This book allowed you to be seen as a Women not just a Mother & Wife of Martin...


    Have you listened to any of January LaVoy and Phylicia Rashad ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Rev. Jesse & her interesting moment in history EPIC. the things you dont hear about people you see as a public figure


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    KYB 03-20-17
    KYB 03-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Tears, recognition & encouragement"

    Anyone concerned about human and civil rights ought to read this book. Getting to know the story of Correa Scott King brought such powerful emotions. Deep tears but also plenty of empowering thoughts I recognized within myself and within current struggles of humanity. She was a person beyond Martin Luther King and helped advance society on many levels. Read it!

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    KHC Stockbridge, GA, US 03-18-17
    KHC Stockbridge, GA, US 03-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Eye Openings"

    Wonderfully written and the dual narrations were brilliant. Coretta's definition of self, the movement and the role of women brings this book to life.

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