Barbara Reynolds

Toward the end of her life,Coretta Scott King fully shared her life story for the first time. Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds was the person to whom she chose to tell it. Reyolds shares this dramatic story with us as she discusses her latest book, My Life, My Love, My Legacy: The Story of Coretta Scott King.

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. She met Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister. 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.

As a widow and single mother of four, she worked tirelessly to found and develop The King Center as a citadel for world peace, 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.

Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds has been a Washington correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and columnist for USA Today. She is a nationally syndicated columnist; with columns appearing in 210 newspapers throughout the United States. She has a radio talk show called Barbara’s Beat, and has recently completed her fourth book, on the life of Coretta Scott King. Dr. Reynolds graduated from Howard University School of Divinity and the United Theological Seminary She serves at the Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church in Washington, DC.