To keep her mother’s legacy strong — and to honor her late aunt — Soror Bernice King helped publish, “Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King,” written by Soror Coretta King’s only sister Edythe Scott Bagley, who died shortly after the book was completed. The book release was marked by an international celebration held this past Friday, April 27th at the King Center in Atlanta, GA. Civil Rights leaders from across the nation were in attendance.
For Bagley, the book had become a lifelong quest – to tell the story of her sister’s rise from rural Alabama to the heights of American history as the wife of civil rights legend, Martin Luther King Jr. The book details Coretta Scott King’s upbringing in a family of proud, land-owning African Americans with a profound devotion to the ideals of social equality and the values of education, as well as her later role as her husband’s most trusted confidant and advisor.
Desert Rose also charts Coretta’s own commitment and dedication, in the years that followed King’s death, to the causes of international civil rights, the antiapartheid movement, the establishment of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center) in Atlanta, and the national King Holiday. Coretta’s devotion to activism, motherhood, and the movement led by her husband, and her courageous assumption of the legacy left in the wake of King’s untimely assassination, are wonderfully detailed in this intimate biography.
The celebration marked Soror King’s 85th birthday.
Proceeds from the book will go to the Coretta Scott King Foundation to help fund youth programs.
Article sources: News 11 Alive, AJC