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01-15-2017, 07:42 AM
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Coretta Scott King had ‘gut feeling’ MLK was loyal despite FBI findings
By Barbara Hoffman
January 15, 2017 | 6:18am

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Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964. Getty Images


Coretta Scott King wanted you to know that during her 78 years on Earth, she was more than “the wife of,” “the mother of” and “the leader of.”

As she mused in the posthumous new memoir “My Life, My Love, My Legacy” (out Tuesday, Henry Holt and Co.), all those labels make her sound like “the attachments that come with my vacuum cleaner.” And Coretta Scott King — born poor in the Jim Crow South, widowed young and never less than dignified — was no suck-up.

For 30 years before her death in 2006, the woman Martin Luther King Jr. called “Corrie” spent hours telling her life story to Dr. Barbara Reynolds, the journalist (and ordained minister) who first interviewed her in 1975 for the Chicago Tribune. The portrait that emerges here is of a woman of tremendous faith, resilience and pride; she considered herself an equal partner to the Nobel Peace Prize winner :rolleyes: who wooed and wed her while she was studying voice at the New England Conservatory of Music.

In fact, her activism began years before she and MLK met, in 1951, and continued long after his 1968 death, the 49th anniversary of which is Monday. She went on to broaden the fight for equal rights to include women, workers, gays and lesbians. Apparently, she was nothing like the clingy wife we saw on the big screen in 2014’s “Selma,” weeping about King’s infidelity. As Reynolds wrote in a 2015 Washington Post story, the real Coretta Scott King insisted that her husband never strayed. :headbash:

Granted, it couldn’t have been an easy subject to discuss. Yet Coretta addressed it, baldly if briefly, on page 129: “The question everyone wants to know is this: Do I believe my husband was unfaithful?”

Despite the FBI allegedly having audio-recorded his infidelities, her answer was no. :rolleyes: As she explained it, her husband had a “guilt complex” that compelled him to confess to any wrongdoing. :rolleyes: Minus any such confession, and a “gut feeling” their marriage was sound, Coretta reasoned that he must have been faithful. :headbash:

Some hundred pages later, recalling the autobiography of family friend Ralph Abernathy — in which he claimed the leading voice for non-violence slapped one lover and then bedded another the night before his assassination in Memphis, Tenn. — Coretta tartly declared, “Scandal sells books; fidelity does not.” Her husband was “no saint,” she contended, but his faults were confined to things like stepping out of his pajamas and leaving them on the floor. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

What you didn’t know about Mrs. King may surprise you: that at Antioch College, she dated “a Jewish guy” until they realized the divide between them, in 1940s America, was too great; that her first impression of MLK was less than awestruck (“he looked like a boy”); that this mother of four took child-rearing tips from Rose Kennedy (“[train] the oldest to help with the youngest”).

She also believed her husband’s assassin, James Earl Ray, didn’t act alone, and that the Memphis police, the US government and the Mafia all conspired in his death. :rolleyes:

After he was gone, she kept fighting, burnishing MLK’s legacy even as she created her own. For 15 years, Coretta lobbied for the paid holiday marking his birth. In her later years, she battled ovarian cancer, became a vegan and moved into the Atlanta condo Oprah Winfrey bought for her.

One of her favorite mottos came from Horace Mann, Antioch’s founder: “If you have not found a cause to die for, you have not found a reason to live.”

By the time she died, on Jan. 30, 2006, she’d fought for a lifetime of causes. More than 10,000 people and four American presidents attended the funeral of Coretta Scott King, a woman with a dream.