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Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Hot for Coretta Scott

Posted by on February 1 at 14:15 PM

In today’s Coretta Scott King obit, the NYT quotes the ubiquitous Taylor Branch to describe MLK’s first flirtations with Coretta Scott. According to Branch, Scott was initially turned off by MLK’s histrionics, and she didn’t dig that he was short. She was, however, impressed “by his erudition and confidence.”

Boring stuff.

The NYT should have gone to MLK historian David Garrow—who won a Pulitzer for his MLK bio “Bearing the Cross” in 1986. Garrow’s got a much better account. He’s got Coretta Scott complaining about/smitten with MLK’s “jive talk” and how he just wanted to get into her pants. Totally charming stuff.