Synopses & Reviews
"A concise, engaging biography for young readers... A fine addition to easy-reading biography collections."
"A readable account of the life of Coretta Scott King... this biography shows her to be a courageous woman who can stand on her own merit, and not just as the wife of one of the world's most well-known men."
School Library Journal
From her childhood encounters with discrimination to her activism as an adult, Coretta Scott King dreamed of finding a place where people were treated equally. This compelling biography tells how she joined her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to lead protest marches and stand up to prejudice and violence.
“Poetic language paired with powerful images make this biography/history of the Civil Rights Movement a moving, provacative readaloud. Every library will want copies of this lyrical tribute to an elegant woman and the era she represents.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“Nelsons jacket portrait, monumental and tender at the same time, sets the tone for this intimate picture biography. Shanges rhythmic lines and formal syntax roll like waves carrying readers on a soulstirring ride through Corettas coming of age in the Civil Rights Movement.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Poet and painter have joined forces to offer an indelible, emotional expression of the strength, beauty, and joy of one womans character.” Booklist (starred review)
Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta Scott knew the unfairness of life in the segregated south. A yearning for equality began to grow. Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she gave birth to a vision of change through nonviolent protest. It was the beginning of a journey—with dreams of freedom for all.
About the Author
Ntozake Shange is a celebrated poet and author of many novels and plays, including the Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, which was made into a feature film. Ms. Shange is also the author of several children’s books, including the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book Ellington Was Not a Street, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.