The Context of White Supremacy hosts the fifth study session on the 2017 autobiography of the late Coretta Scott King, My Life, My Love, My Legacy. It’s been more than a decade since Mrs. King passed away. Before her death, the civil rights veteran partnered with acclaimed journalist, Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds. The New Orleans Tribune praised the autobiography, calling it a timely read for the current climate of flagrant hostility and “emboldened” White Supremacy. Last week’s session detailed the historic 1963 March on Washington D.C. Mrs. King shared her thoughts on females being excluded from event and missing the chance to meet President John F. Kennedy. Deviating from chronological order, the book transitions from the August march to the November assassination of President Kennedy. Although previously mentioned in the text, the book does not discuss the September bombing of the Birmingham, Alabama church that killed four black girls as a bitter reprisal for Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream Speech.” Mrs. King displays great sorrow over Kennedy’s death, describing him as 20th century White Jesus and a “friend” to the movement. Similar White Identification is on display when she mourns the loss of the two White Men killed along with James Chaney in 1964 as well Viola Liuzzo, a White woman killed in 1965. Mrs. King also notes that she and Dr. King underestimated the power and viscuoussness of J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI and the COINTELPRO centered on black freedom fighters like she and her husband. We’ll compare this text to some of the other biographies we’ve covered on the book club – Maya Angelou, Assata Shakur, Malcolm X.
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