Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King

“Coretta was determined– through education, art, faith, and social activism– to do all she could to create a better life for herself, her family and people around the world. In doing so, her life was like a rose pushing up from the parched, dry ground, and springing forth in a beautiful blossom.”

Coretta Scott did not become a public figure until she became Coretta Scott King, but her identity, her ideals and her story started long before that time. Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King paints a picture of exactly how great a woman she was on her own. King’s older sister Edythe Scott Bagley pens the biography that spans from their early years growing up in rural Alabama all the way to the years of her younger sister’s twilight. Black and white photos of captured memories are woven throughout the book, telling their own story of Coretta Scott King’s illustrious life.

“Planted in fertile soil and blessed to have come from strong and hardy stock, she was well on her way to changing the world before she ever set foot out of our house.”

Beginning at slavery, Bagley travels through time, chronicling not only her sister’s story, but the story of an entire race. This book traces a journey that’s spans from the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to the signing of the legislation for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. Coretta Scott King served as an unwavering partner and supporter to her husband during the Civil Rights movement.

She exuded strength after his untimely death and she showed resolve by continuing her husband’s legacy. All of this is outlined in this carefully thought out work.

Author, Edythe Scott Bagley was the first African American to enroll in Antioch College, where she and her sister, Coretta Scott King both studied. She went on to earn master’s degrees from both Columbia University and Boston University. She was an educator at Albany State College, Norfolk State University and Cheyney State College. Bagley also sat on the board of directors for the King Center. Edythe Scott Bagley passed on June 11, 2011, before Desert Rose was published.

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Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King
By Edythe Scott Bagley with Joe Hilley
Trade Cloth, $34.95
336 pages, 48 illus
ISBN: 978081731765-2

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