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Antioch College to Celebrate the Life and Work of Alumna Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King


Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Reynolds 

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – April 11, 2010 – The public is invited to an event celebrating the life and work of Antioch College alumna Coretta Scott King on her birthday, April 27, at the College’s Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom. The Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Reynolds, an award-winning journalist, activist, author, spiritual leader and educator, will deliver a public address on King’s legacy at 7:00 p.m.

Presented jointly by the College and the African American Cross-Cultural Works, the event will also feature live music performances and readings from King’s speeches and interviews. A reception will follow the scheduled program.

One of the most celebrated champions of human and civil rights, Coretta Scott King, in partnership with her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ignited democracy movements worldwide. For more than forty years, she traveled extensively as a messenger of peace, justice and social action. Notably, in 1974, she formed and co-chaired the National Committee for Full Employment, formed the Coalition of Conscience (1983), and co-convened the Soviet-American Women’s Summit (1990). In 1969, she became the founding president, chair and chief executive officer of The King Center, the first institution built in memory of an African American leader. As a lifelong advocate for non-violence and coalition building, King’s legacy will continue to serve as an example for years to come.

King enrolled at Antioch College in 1945 as part of the college’s Interracial Education Scholarship program, which had recruited her sister, Edythe, two years earlier. Though she left the College in 1949, she remained connected to her alma mater, returning in 1965 when her husband delivered the commencement address, and again in 1967 to receive the baccalaureate degree that she should have received in 1951. She delivered the commencement address in 1982 and in 2004 accepted the Horace Mann Award from the Alumni Association for her determination to promote nonviolent social change. In 2005, she honored the College by allowing it to use her name on a Center for Cultural and Intellectual and Freedom. The Coretta Scott King Center opened on March 27, 2007.

Reynolds has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist/writer with some of the major media institutions in America, including Ebony, Essence, and The Chicago Tribune. She was also a founding editor at USA Today, where she served on the editorial board and wrote a column for more than 13 years. Today she is a religion columnist for the National Newspaper Publishers Association and is president of Women’s Christian Action Network (WCAN), a new multi-media TV channel that will be launched this year. Her television appearances include guest spots on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Politically Incorrect.

Her books include: Jesse Jackson: America’s David, an unauthorized biography; And Still We Rise: Interviews with 50 African-American Role Models; No I Won’t Shut-Up! 30 Years of Telling It Like It Is; Out of Hell & Living Well: Healing From the Inside Out. In August 2007, she released her fifth book, Doing Good in the Hood: The Life, Leadership & Legacy of Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Reynolds earned a bachelor’s in journalism at The Ohio State University, master’s in divinity at Howard University, and doctorate in ministry at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton. She received honorary doctorates in humane letters from both Shenandoah University and Ohio State. Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr. ordained her an elder at the Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church in 1995. For more information contact Morgan Fellow, Anne Bohlen, at 937286-8455 or

About Antioch College
A private, independent nonprofit liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch College will offer a four-year, undergraduate residential experience to a new class of students beginning in the fall of 2011. The College curriculum puts equal emphasis on rigorous liberal arts learning, work (cooperative education), and community engagement. Students will complete individualized majors based on one of 11 concentrations, a language minor, and six full-time work experiences. The institution, originally founded in 1850, is now completely independent of Antioch University, the multi-campus system it created.

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