"My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr." is Mrs. King's life story, told in her own words, in exactly the way she wanted to tell it. Beautifully written, it captures her journey from Marion, Alabama, to Antioch and then to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she first met Martin Luther King, Jr. The narrative is full of the small details that made Mrs. King the wonderful person she was: her love of music; her gracefully approachable demeanor, her amazing intellect and work ethic.
Indeed, what stayed with me from this amazing text wasn't just the personal description of intimately living through and shaping some of the most important moments in American history, it was Mrs. King's description of her husband's cooking:
"...On Saturdays we did the weekly shopping for groceries together, and Thursday was Martin's night to cook, because I had a six-o'clock class. He had learned to cook when he had the apartment with Philip Lenud, and was quite proud of his ability. In addition to smothered cabbage, he cooked pork chops, fried chicken, pigs' feet, pigs' snout, and pigs' ears. I never liked pigs' ears, but Martin liked them because - his father's son - he said, "They're good and they're cheap."
Moments like this give texture to the history of the civil rights movement and its leaders, regular men and women who ate together, and joked together, and helped create the better parts of the society we have today.
I am blessed to have a signed, first edition of the original printing. It is one of the few material possessions I have that I prize, and it brings me joy every time I open its pages.