Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The famous civil rights leader and activist who fought for freedom and social justice for all americans through non-violence. The work he did for our country was extraordinary. Every year on the memorial of his birthday the news stations reports on his legacy.
Today however, was a little different. On Good Morning America today, the report was on the woman that shared a life with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; his wife Coretta Scott King. On today’s show Robin Roberts sat down with Bernice King, the youngest of the King children. They discussed the new memoir of Coretta Scott King, My Life, My Love, My Legacy written by journalist Barbara Reynolds.
I found it interesting to hear about the legacy of Coretta Scott King. Not only was she a devout wife, mother and Christian, she was also a civil rights leader and activist in her own right. During the interview Bernice King tells us that her mother was the architect of the King legacy and what we know of her father is due to her mother’s resilience and determination. In fact it is because of Coretta Scott King that we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She fought for 15 years to make Martin Luther King Jr day a federal holiday.
She was a very courageous woman. When the King family residence was bombed it was Coretta Scott King that was home at the time. Having her home bombed did not scare her off. She was dedicated to her husband and to the cause. She continued to fight for civil rights for many years to come.
There was never before seen interview clips that were shown of Mrs King. In one of the clips you hear Coretta Scott King recall a time when she spoke to her husband and she says how she told him, “I love being your wife and the mother of your children but if that was all I did I would go crazy.”
I must say, hearing her say that really puts a smile on my face. She was loving and caring but she was not timid. She spoke up for what she wanted. If you think of the fact that she was with him in the 50’s and 60’s and during those times a lot of women did not speak up for what they wanted. I love the fact that she had a voice. She was a very strong woman who spoke up for what she believed in whether it was in her home or outside of her home.
Also check out the full GMA interview in the link below:
“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.” Coretta Scott King