Freedom’s Sisters: Coretta Scott King

An icon of the Civil Rights movement, Coretta Scott King was not just the wife of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, but a leader and activist herself, from her Freedom Concerts to her support of freedom movements around the world.  There is so much to say about this amazing and inspiring woman; here are some of the many places you can read about her life:

The King Center,  The Academy of Achievement, Women’s History (Gale Learning)

She fought tirelessly for the civil rights of ALL people:

“Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.”

She wrote MY LIFE WITH MARTIN LUTHER KING (Puffin 1994) and many books have been written about her:

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Also, a book award named in her honor (Coretta Scott King Book Awards) is given to children’s book authors annually by the American Library Association — here are the 2010 winners (both excellent books!):

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And finally, a beautiful quote from this beautiful person:

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members, … a heart of grace and a soul generated by love.”




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4 responses to “Freedom’s Sisters: Coretta Scott King

  1. Great spotlight and congrats on winning the National Book Award!

  2. I love the watercolor paintings by E B. Lewis for the book, The Negro Speaks of Rivers. With text by Langston Hughes, this book also won the Coretta Scott King award for illustration in 2010. Thanks for the information on this inspiring collection!

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