In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I thought I’d share some cool memorabilia from my mother’s personal collection.Eartha Kitt et al at Martin Luther King funeral

 

Telegram from Martin Luther King to Eartha Kitt

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:Martin Luther King book autographedThe 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.

 

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One Response Comment

  • execdir  April 29, 2018 at 8:51 PM

    Entirely fabulous Kitt! If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the kool serial digital docuseries http://1968.digital/en/about which framed your Mom too briefly, but wonderfully in context. You probably had to permission it so may already know it but I just loved they put emphasis on her as much as MLK. She truly as a progenitor of combined catalyst for BLM+meToo, without having to ‘name’ them anything but Civil activism in the name of advancing a greater degree of Humanity for Blacks, and for everyone. She’s simply Eartha, and simply unequaled. Thank you for giving her spirit life for those of us so young we just missed her embodied form. But we get her Spirit!

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