Traveling Presentation 4: Coretta Scott King
LIFE Magazine ― “America’s Farewell in Anger and Grief”
LIFE’s April 19, 1968, cover shows Coretta Scott King in the front pew of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta at the home-going service for her martyred husband. On the day before the funeral, Mrs. King appeared at the Memphis march and rally Dr. King had promised to lead before his assassination in that city on April 4. As was customary with her husband she turned her thoughts inward and to the future of the nation and its people. — As he once said, “It is not the quantity of time that is important but the quality of that time.”
JET Magazine ― “KING’S WIDOW: BEREAVEMENT TO BATTLEFIELD”
The April 25, 1968, cover of the popular African American-owned weekly shows Coretta Scott King with children Yolanda, Martin III, Bernice (seated on Mrs. King’s lap) and Dexter. … On the plane ride home to Atlanta from Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, Martin III said, “God took Daddy to Heaven for a rest.” … Little Bernice asked, “When was Daddy going to eat?”
LIFE Magazine ― “He Had a Dream”
The Sept. 12, 1969, issue of the magazine featured Coretta Scott King’s remembrances in her own words of the challenges she shared with her husband.
“FREE AT LAST! FREE AT LAST! His Truth Is Marching On Told by Coretta Scott King”
Released in 1969 by Caedmon Records this vintage vinyl LP features nine tracks on two sides narrated by Mrs. King. Tracks cover key events in her husband’s career — including the first sit-in Greensboro, North Carolina; his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech from the March on Washington; his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”; and his last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” delivered at a Memphis church the day before he was killed. … Mrs. King also discusses her husband’s views on non-violence and Black Power. … The album’s back cover contains a written speech by Mrs. King given at Memphis City Hall on April 8, 1968, four days after Dr. King’s assassination.