Publication Date: September 26, 2023
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Ages 7 to 10, Grades 2 to 5
Who was Coretta Scott King? Her black-veiled image at the funeral of her husband Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was moving and iconic. This book introduces readers to the woman behind the veil—a girl full of spunk and pluck, bravery and grit.
“Corrie, you are a brave soldier. I don’t know what I would do without you.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Much more than just a wife, Coretta Scott King was Martin’s partner in the fight for justice. It wasn’t always easy. From an early age, she stood strong against white violence toward her family in the South, and against discrimination as a music student in the North. Coretta found her voice as a classical singer, but she struggled mightily to speak out as an activist in the face of men who thought she should be seen and not heard. But she never waivered. When Martin died, it was Coretta who carried on the struggle, and preserved his legacy so that his voice would be heard by future generations. This important story, told in poetry and prose, is a riveting introduction to an important and instrumental figure in the history of activism and civil rights.
Story Locale:Boston, MA; Montgomery, AL; Heiberger, AL; Selma, AL; Atlanta, GA; Memphis, TN; Chicago, IL
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