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The bus companies refused to bargain, so the boycott continued. By mid-December the MIA had to organize numerous volunteer car pools to take blacks to and from work. The King home became MIA headquarters, and Coretta answered telephone calls, coordinated car pools, and updated boycotters on the ongoing schedule of community meetings. All the while she cooked and cared for her husband and baby daughter —along with the numerous people whom her husband often 55 56 CORETTA SCOTT KING invited to stay for dinner.

By the hand and vowing never to accept such treatment quietly. ” Like Obadiah and Bernice Scott, the Kings had instilled an unshakable sense of self-confidence in their children. Martin never saw his parents weaken under the weight of racism. , Coretta recalled learning that Martin had found the purpose of his ministry after attending a lecture about the life of Mahatma Gandhi, who had led the people of India in nonviolent protests against the then-ruling British government. This small, thin, bespectacled man became a powerful, towering figure by spreading his belief that freedom and social justice could be won in India using love, self-sacrifice, and truth as weapons.

He continued to haul timber, and by the next spring he had saved enough money to buy his own sawmill. Obadiah hired a white logger to work for him. Just a couple of weeks after being hired, the logger said that he wanted to buy the sawmill for himself, but Obadiah refused his offer. A few days later, when Obadiah went to his sawmill, he found it burned to ashes. Unbowed, Obadiah went back to hauling timber to other sawmills. 24 CORETTA SCOTT KING It was yet one more example to Coretta of her father’s resilience, strength, and determination, which inspired and shaped her own values.

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