In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I thought I’d share some cool memorabilia from my mother’s personal collection.
My mother and Dr Martin Luther King weren’t friends, but it seems that they both admired each other very much.
The top photo is my mother, Nancy Wilson, Sammy Davis Jr., Sidney Poitier, Berry Gordy and Marlon Brando at Dr King’s funeral services.
A copy of a telegram from Dr. King to Eartha Kitt, when she was at The Appollo Theatre in 1963.
I have come across some correspondence from Coretta Scott King, inviting my mother to be on the board of The Martin Luther King Foundation after his murder in 1968. A very interesting year that was, as it was in January when my mother spoke out against the war in Vietnam at a White House luncheon. Read more about events that changed our country in an interesting piece here: 1968: Yearlong project captures the moments that transformed the nation
I have my own little brush with history here:The Peaceful Warrior signed “To Little Kitt” by Dr King himself and the author Ed Clayton. I think that’s pretty cool.
Growing up, I never really thought of my mother as a trailblazer, but I continue to come across incredible historic examples of the impact she made while on this earth. What a role model she was and continues to be. #BlessedBeyondWords
And, yes, a biopic is in the works.