Martin Luther King III

Martin Luther King III was born on Oct. 23, 1957, in Montgomery, Ala. He was the only one of the King’s four siblings elected to public office. He was elected and has served on the Fulton County, Ga., Commission.er. His mother, Mrs. Coretta Scott King said Martin had deeply planted movement values. And he continues to demonstrate those values. In 1997, he was unanimously elected the fourth president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) the civil rights organization his father co-founded in 1957. AS president, Martin II helped establish new SCLC chapters, led protests to change the design of the Georgia state flag, which featured a large Confederate image. He has also held hearings and focused national attention on police brutality. In 2003, Martin III co-sponsored the 40th anniversary of the historic March on Washington with human rights organizations from across the country. Keeping his father’s dream alive is not a mere slogan with him. He conceptualizes it and in ways large and small continues to reshape and repackage its tenets of peace, justice and fairness for the next generation. He is married to Andrea Waters and the couple have an 11-year old daughter Yolanda Renee King.

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My Life, My Love, My Legacy: The Memoirs of Coretta Scott King

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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 the US national holiday in honor of her husband, championed for women’s, workers’ and gay rights and was a powerful international voice for nonviolence, freedom and human dignity.

Coretta’s is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an extraordinary black woman in twentieth-century America, a brave leader who, in the face of terrorism and violent hatred, stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful every day of her life.

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