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Coffee Table Inspiration: Books on Coretta Scott King

Looking to add some serious inspiration to your coffee table? Why not explore these unique books on Coretta Scott King. This true Black Southern Belle was one of the most powerful leaders of the Civil Rights movement, a mom and so much more. Explore the story behind this Black Southern Belle through these curated books.

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Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy

Born in 1927 to daringly enterprising parents in the Deep South, Coretta Scott had always felt called to a special purpose. While enrolled as one of the first black scholarship students recruited to Antioch College, she became politically and socially active and committed to the peace movement. As a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music, determined to pursue her own career as a concert singer, 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 as well as shared racial and economic justice goals, she married Dr. King, and events promptly thrust her into a maelstrom of history throughout which she was a strategic partner, a standard-bearer, and so much more.

As a widow and single mother of four, she worked tirelessly to found and develop the King Center as a citadel for world peace; lobbied for fifteen years for a U.S. national holiday in honor of her husband; championed women’s, workers’, and gay rights; and was a powerful international voice for nonviolence, freedom, and human dignity.

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Coretta Scott 

Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta Scott knew the unfairness of life in the segregated south. A yearning for equality began to grow. Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she gave birth to a vision of change through nonviolent protest. It was the beginning of a journey—with dreams of freedom for all.

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My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.

This personal, inspirational account of the history of the Civil Rights Movement describes the author’s relationship with Martin Luther King, Jr., detailing their marriage, the events of the 1960s, and King’s tragic assassination. Reprint. SLJ.

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Coretta Scott King: First Lady of Civil Rights (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Coretta Scott King is well known for being the wifeÊof Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and for her own civil rights and world peace activism. She also received many awards and honorary degrees. But before she did all of those impressive things, Coretta was a strong little girl who could outclimb anyone in her neighborhood, was very close to her dad, and had a beautiful singing voice! Read all about how Coretta Scott King learned that if you work hard enough, your dreams can come true.

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Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King 

Desert Rose details Coretta Scott King’s upbringing in a family of proud, land-owning African Americans with a profound devotion to the ideals of social equality and the values of education, as well as her later role as her husband’s most trusted confidant and advisor. 

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Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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