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Coretta Scott King is still ‘The Architect of this King Legacy’

Coroetta Scott King, Wife of late Dr. Martin Luther King signals for victory over racial prejudice at conclusion of her address to Woman Power in Action for Peace Conference at Wisconsin University, Milwaukee  Nov. 22, 1969. She said women should be involved in the fight against poverty, racism and war. (AP Photo)

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Behind every successful man is a strong woman, is what they say and Coretta Scott King proves that true.  Today, we celebrate her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but we cannot forget about the Queen.  Although, Dr. King will forever be known as one of the nation’s greatest Civil Rights icons, Coretta Scott King has imprinted her name as a legendary activist also in her own right.  Youngest daughter of the beloved late couple, Bernice King, has been speaking out regarding both her parents and the celebration they both deserve.  Recently, she spoke with Robin Roberts in an interview on, “Good Morning America.”  She spoke very openly about her mother’s perspective.

“What we know of my father, really came from her resilience, her determination, her faith, her courage.”

-Bernice King

Coroetta Scott King, Wife of late Dr. Martin Luther King signals for victory over racial prejudice at conclusion of her address to Woman Power in Action for Peace Conference at Wisconsin University, Milwaukee  Nov. 22, 1969. She said women should be involved in the fight against poverty, racism and war. (AP Photo)

Coretta Scott King, Wife of late Dr. Martin Luther King signals for victory over racial prejudice at conclusion of her address to Woman Power in Action for Peace Conference at Wisconsin University, Milwaukee Nov. 22, 1969. She said women should be involved in the fight against poverty, racism and war. (AP Photo)

She also refers to her mother as “the architect of this King Legacy” during the conversation.  This is all a discussion based on the new revealing memoir penned by journalist Barbara Reynolds.  The memoir was put together and inspired based on hours of previous unheard interviews.  In the memoir Coretta Scott King talks about for the first time, intimate stories of her life with the famous activist and who we know to be, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“I believe Martin was chosen, I believe I was chosen, and I say to the kids, this family was chosen as well.”

-Coretta Scott King in ‘My Life, My Love, My Legacy’

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Bernice King mentions she still feels called, in the same way her mother was.  She fights for human rights and dignity.  In the memoir, Scott King talks about how she dedicated her life to not only husband and four children, but also being a Christian with those beliefs and goals to see justice for all.  She stood by his side during the almost 13 years he fought as the leader of the Civil Rights Movement.  Dr. King was assassinated in 1968.

Bernice King spoke about her mother saying, “I don’t know what it was about her, but in those crises moments, in those very difficult, challenging times she rose to an occasion and she could carry you.  She could carry many people.”  Bernice is following in her parent’s legacy as her mother did before her untimely death in 2006.

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The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, GA is left behind in his memory and she is also a huge part in advocating for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday.  Bernice King wants the takeaway from her mother’s memoir to be and readers to know, “Martin didn’t make Coretta Scott King.  When they met she was prepared.”

“I honestly believe in a different kind of way she did greater things.  Probably because she lived longer, but also because she had the insight to see who he really was, and articulate it in a way that an entire world could embrace regardless of, of your background.”

-Bernice King

Coretta Scott King’s memoir, “My Life, My Love, My Legacy” will be released in bookstores nationwide also online on January 17, 2017.

Photo Credit(s): biography, huffington post, natural hair brides, USA Today

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