Edythe Scott Bagley
Edythe Scott Bagley (December 13, 1924 – June 11, 2011) was an American author, activist, and educator. The older sister of Coretta Scott King, she worked behind the scenes to promote the African-American Civil Rights Movement and was actively involved in many of the crucial events of that era.
In 1943, Mrs. Bagley graduated from Lincoln Normal School in Marion, Alabama. With the encouragement of teachers and mentors, she applied for a scholarship to Antioch College and was accepted as a student there that fall. Though Antioch had enjoyed a long history of racial tolerance, Mrs. Bagley was the first African American student admitted to the school in the modern era. Later, she transferred to Ohio State University from which she graduated. She also earned a master of English from Columbia University and a master of fine arts from Boston University.
She taught at several colleges in Alabama and Georgia before joining the faculty of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in 1971. At Cheyney Mrs. Bagley founded the theatre arts major. In conjunction with that program she produced and directed numerous plays and theatrical productions.
In 1966, Mrs. Bagley began work on a biography of her sister, Coretta Scott King, detailing their shared experiences growing up in Alabama and Mrs. King's life during the early days of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Over the next two years, she conducted extensive research, gathered family documents, and interviewed countless individuals who had been at the center of the civil rights struggle. That work resulted in a manuscript and after two years of effort, she placed it in the mail to an interested publisher on April 4, 1968, then went home to relax. Later that evening, she learned that her brother-in-law, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had been assassinated.
Events in the months that followed overshadowed Mrs. Bagley's manuscript and it went unpublished. Then shortly before Mrs. King's death she again encouraged Mrs. Bagley to pick up the project once more. With the assistance of bestselling author Joe Hilley, the manuscript was updated, expanded and prepared again for publication. In April 2012, nearly one year after Mrs. Bagley's death, the book, Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King, was published by the University of Alabama Press.
- "Official Website at University of Alabama Press".
- List of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania faculty
- List of Columbia University alumni
- WIA Report Edythe Scott Bagley 1924-2011 http://www.wiareport.com/2011/06/edythe-scott-bagley-1924-2011/ (Accessed 12-18-2011)
- Antioch College Honors Alumna Edythe Scott Bagley http://www.cisionwire.com/antioch-college/r/antioch-college-honors-alumna-edythe-scott-bagley,g496831 (Accessed 12-18-2011)
- University of Alabama Press author's information page http://www.uapress.ua.edu/product/Desert-Rose,5324.aspx (Accessed 12-18-2011)
- Antioch College Official Site http://antiochcollege.org/news/obituaries/edythe_scott_bagley.html (Accessed 12-18-2011)
- Bagley, Edythe Scott (2012). Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King. University of Alabama Press. pp. Author's Preface.
- "King Center to Host Official Book Launch of Coretta Scott King Memoir". Birmingham Free Press. April 24, 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- "Kirkus Reviews". Retrieved 25 April 2012.