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Author: Barbara Reynolds, Coretta Scott King Narrator: January LaVoy, Phylicia Rashad Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781427282842
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The life story of Coretta Scott King—wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and singular twentieth-century American civil rights activist—as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to one of her closest friends

Born in 1927 to daringly enterprising black parents in the Deep South, Coretta Scott had always felt called to a special purpose. One of the first black scholarship students recruited to Antioch College, a committed pacifist, and a civil rights activist, she was an avowed feminist—a graduate student determined to pursue her own career—when 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 and racial justice goals, she married King, and events promptly thrust her into a maelstrom of history throughout which she was a strategic partner, a standard bearer, a marcher, a negotiator, and a crucial fundraiser in support of world-changing achievements.

As a widow and single mother of four, while butting heads with the all-male African American leadership of the times, she championed gay rights and AIDS awareness, founded the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, lobbied for fifteen years to help pass a bill establishing the US national holiday in honor of her slain husband, and was a powerful international presence, serving as a UN ambassador and playing a key role in Nelson Mandela's election.

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

This program includes archival recordings of Coretta Scott King and is read by Phylicia Rashad and January LaVoy.

Phylicia Rashad is an actress, singer and stage director. She is known for roles in television shows such as Empire, Psych, and as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Her voice-over credits include spots in The Cleveland Show, Little Bill and Sofia the First. Rashad has also appeared in such films as For Colored Girls, Good Deeds, and Creed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Phylicia Rashad narrates the bulk of this audiobook with January LaVoy, and both do a superb job. Rashad’s insistent voice and gentle tone reflect both the strength and quiet dignity that characterized King’s life. Rashad varies her tone and intonation and pauses effectively, urging the audiobook forward and keeping it interesting and vital. The result is a reason to revisit the life of an extraordinary woman. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • The First Lady of the civil rights movement, Coretta Scott King, lays it all out in this posthumous memoir. It made me smile to learn that she was also a fierce feminist at a time when it was still quite rare to be one. Audible Range
  • “Eloquent…inspirational.”

    USA Today

  • “Living with terror is the threat that runs through My Life...It is King’s grounding in her husband’s theology of peaceful resistance that enables her survival against excruciating odds.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Reveals never-before-told aspects of Mrs. King’s life…We learn of the brilliant mind and courageous spirit behind the enigmatic figure.”


  • “Much more than just Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s wife…It is her commitment to bettering the world that will keep her story alive in our hearts.”


  • “This book put steel in my spine.”

    Julianne Malveaux, Pittsburgh Courier

  • “This account of family, faith, and activism…is told so genuinely that it leaves the impression of having heard the words directly from the late activist…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “King was undoubtedly a singular woman, and readers will be struck by just how strongly her exceedingly compelling story resonates today. She was much more than just the woman behind the man, and now, in the most eloquent of language, she proves that truth once and for all.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2017
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Parade Magazine Pick
  • A USA Today Pick for New and Noteworthy Books
  • A Washington Post Notable Book to Read in 2017
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick
  • An NPR Best Book of 2017
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best History/Biography Narration
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2017
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2018

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About the Author

Coretta Scott King (1927–2006) was an American civil rights activist, international human rights champion, author, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., and the mother of four.

About the Narrators

Adenrele Ojo is an actress, dancer, and audiobook narrator, winner of over a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2018. She made her on-screen debut in My Little Girl, starring Jennifer Lopez, and has since starred in several other films. She has also performed extensively with the Philadelphia Dance Company. As the daughter of John E. Allen, Jr., founder and artistic director of Freedom Theatre, the oldest African American theater in Pennsylvania, is no stranger to the stage. In 2010 she performed in the Fountain Theatre’s production of The Ballad of Emmett Till, which won the 2010 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Ensemble. Other plays include August Wilson’s Jitney and Freedom Theatre’s own Black Nativity, where she played Mary.

Phylicia Rashad, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a Tony Award–winning actress, singer, and stage director, best known for her Emmy-nominated role as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show.