From School Library Journal
Grade 4 Up-- This biography of the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr. begins with her formative years in Alabama and continues through her present-day activities connected with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. This is not a sugarcoated account. Mentioned are the allegations of her husband's involvement with other women and his single-minded pursuit of his ideals, often to the detriment of the welfare of his own family. King's devotion to her four children is never in question, but it is clear that the burden of raising them virtually alone was very stressful. She remained loyal, however; restraint and dignity best describe her behavior throughout the years of unrest. Captioned black-and-white photographs illustrate events and people; a list for further reading includes 11 titles. The authors credit sources for photos and information. This book provides more in-depth and updated information than Lillie Patterson's Coretta Scott King (Garrard, 1977; o.p.). --Laura Culberg, Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
In the ``Contemporary Women'' series, a sympathetic but uninvolving account of the life and work of a woman who gave up her own career to further her husband's dreams--and continues to pursue them 24 years after his death. In an odd mix of a stilted formal style and studied informality (they refer to King as ``Corrie''), the authors paint a broad yet shallow portrait, chronicling major events, including changes of leadership at the King Center for Nonviolence, but giving few of the details that would stimulate interest. Giving sources for only a few of several direct and indirect quotes, they attribute to King many thoughts that could only have come from her autobiography, My Life With Martin Luther King, Jr. (e.g., ``It seemed to Coretta as if she had been waiting for this call [telling of her husband's death] for years''). Throughout, they emphasize King's personal growth from housewife dissatisfied with her lack of public role to unofficial stateswoman, speculating that ``she may have felt partly justified in her new role by the growing acceptance of the women's rights movement.'' Chronology; bibliography; index. B&w photos not seen. (Biography. 12- 16) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.