Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, former President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, CEO of The King Center
Well of course being the daughter of Martin and Coretta King…it’s very tough when you’re actually viewing something that is depicting parts of the life of your parents. There were moments that were very emotional for me and I had to contain myself, especially near the latter part, and when the young lady did the song Queen as my mother…I’m just really still grieving her death, and missing her, and wish she could be here because my mother loved classical music, opera music – and the music tonight was great…and became very, very touching. It was a good musical reflection of my Father. It’s very hard, you know, to really put this movement on a stage…because there are so many elements to it. But the greatest part of it is it’s a start at exposing future generations to this work in a genre that they can appreciate, and that’s what’s most important because we have to keep the legacy going from generation to generation. I was glad to be here tonight, to be a part of this.
Close friend and confidant of Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Leader, former Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, U.S. Congressman, United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former Mayor of Atlanta
Just so powerful, extremely well done!
Civil Rights Leader, co-founder (with Martin Luther King, Jr.) of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and former President – delivered the benediction at the inauguration of Senator Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America
First of all I had to remind myself that this was a novel – it’s not a rewriting of history, but a novel grown out of the history of the movement. And I think it did well. I enjoyed it. I’ve never listened to the story in music, and that added a dimension that I’ve been missing, and so I enjoyed it very much…I gave them an A.
It brought back what was seemingly left out from a history book, but what only a novel and a play can do in terms of far more than the head – it really brought it back in the very soul and spirit.
Widow of the late Maynard Jackson, Mayor of Atlanta (1974-82, 1990-84)
First of all, it’s one of the best musicals I’ve seen in years, and I think it was a very difficult story to tell because there was so much to the story. But I do believe that the author did it wonderfully. The singers were excellent, the talent was superb. I was so proud, and Maynard, my late husband, would have been so proud to know that the staff, with one exception, were from Atlanta.