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There has been recent controversy in the African American community about youth and their lack of appreciation for the gains of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This stellar biography is a superb introduction to the foremost leader of the civil rights movement. The story and historical context will be eye-opening for students and a good refresher for other There has been recent controversy in the African American community about youth and their lack of appreciation for the gains of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This stellar biography is a superb introduction to the foremost leader of the civil rights movement. The story and historical context will be eye-opening for students and a good refresher for others who are too young to have remembered the events. In a gripping narrative style, the biography traces the young Martin, the son and grandson of formidable preachers, to his calling as a minister too, but one who would take on the entrenched racism of the South, and North, through a nonviolent movement that changed the course of American history. There has been recent controversy in the African American community about youth and their lack of appreciation for the gains of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This stellar biography is a superb introduction to the foremost leader of the civil rights movement. The story and historical context will be eye-opening for students and a good refresher for others who are too young to have remembered the events. In a gripping narrative style, the biography traces the young Martin, the son and grandson of formidable preachers, to his calling as a minister too, but one who would take on the entrenched racism of the South, and North, through a nonviolent movement that changed the course of American history. King's story is compelling, starting from his early nurtured family life in an insular community of blacks in Atlanta. His education at Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, and Boston University and courtship of Coretta Scott lead into the early days of the civil rights movement and King's leadership role in the major marches, demonstrations, boycotts, and sit-ins that took place, mainly in the South. Critical insight into the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations is given as King negotiates with the presidents for equal rights for blacks. The violent reactions against and hatred of many whites for those seeking racial justice are still shocking today. Against the backdrop of beatings, killings, bombings, threats, and imprisoning, King is portrayed as driven to lift up all Americans, even if it meant martyrdom.


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There has been recent controversy in the African American community about youth and their lack of appreciation for the gains of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This stellar biography is a superb introduction to the foremost leader of the civil rights movement. The story and historical context will be eye-opening for students and a good refresher for other There has been recent controversy in the African American community about youth and their lack of appreciation for the gains of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This stellar biography is a superb introduction to the foremost leader of the civil rights movement. The story and historical context will be eye-opening for students and a good refresher for others who are too young to have remembered the events. In a gripping narrative style, the biography traces the young Martin, the son and grandson of formidable preachers, to his calling as a minister too, but one who would take on the entrenched racism of the South, and North, through a nonviolent movement that changed the course of American history. There has been recent controversy in the African American community about youth and their lack of appreciation for the gains of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This stellar biography is a superb introduction to the foremost leader of the civil rights movement. The story and historical context will be eye-opening for students and a good refresher for others who are too young to have remembered the events. In a gripping narrative style, the biography traces the young Martin, the son and grandson of formidable preachers, to his calling as a minister too, but one who would take on the entrenched racism of the South, and North, through a nonviolent movement that changed the course of American history. King's story is compelling, starting from his early nurtured family life in an insular community of blacks in Atlanta. His education at Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, and Boston University and courtship of Coretta Scott lead into the early days of the civil rights movement and King's leadership role in the major marches, demonstrations, boycotts, and sit-ins that took place, mainly in the South. Critical insight into the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations is given as King negotiates with the presidents for equal rights for blacks. The violent reactions against and hatred of many whites for those seeking racial justice are still shocking today. Against the backdrop of beatings, killings, bombings, threats, and imprisoning, King is portrayed as driven to lift up all Americans, even if it meant martyrdom.

30 review for Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mich

    Whoa. I need to read more non-fiction.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sneha Burde

    This is a must read for those who love to read story books for the intricacy that lay in the writings of Roger BRUNS. what i found propelling was that apart from King's adamant belief and A DREAM, there were many such leaders in different part of counties that fought for the freedom. many people risking their lives , many killed in the way brutally for marching peacefully is shown in the book. the sequence of events and the language is understandable. i am now enlightened after having read this This is a must read for those who love to read story books for the intricacy that lay in the writings of Roger BRUNS. what i found propelling was that apart from King's adamant belief and A DREAM, there were many such leaders in different part of counties that fought for the freedom. many people risking their lives , many killed in the way brutally for marching peacefully is shown in the book. the sequence of events and the language is understandable. i am now enlightened after having read this great work. i would like to quote a few lines said by Martin Luther King " it was contrary to the very nature of my being . I had always been the questioning and precocious type." his mother " she told him that most important force in his life must be his own sense of self, the image of his own person as one of equality and importance---- that his life mattered as much as any other" "Yes, there is segregation, but your mind is free. Your job is to cultivate your mind to its fullest extent." "knowledge could set me free. through education was liberation" and for his wife by his friend John Cartwright " If he hadn't met someone of her character, of her intelligence, he might never have led the life he did." by one elderly grandmother during boycott " It used to be my soul was tired and my feet rested; now me feet's tired, but my soul is rested." and there are many more but as it turns out this review would be too lengthy. happy reading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    "I have a dream.........", introduced an already famous Martin Luther King Jr to the world and the world remembers him for these words apart from the remarkable work that he did as a civil rights activist. The biography brings forth the travails of the African-Americans even after 200 years of American independence. The African-Americans were still not "free". The book provides some more insights into the life of his remarkable persona and those that influenced his thought process. Mahatma Gandh "I have a dream.........", introduced an already famous Martin Luther King Jr to the world and the world remembers him for these words apart from the remarkable work that he did as a civil rights activist. The biography brings forth the travails of the African-Americans even after 200 years of American independence. The African-Americans were still not "free". The book provides some more insights into the life of his remarkable persona and those that influenced his thought process. Mahatma Gandhi's approach to non-violent resolution of issues and redressal of grievances seems to have had a great impact on him and this comes out quite clearly in this biography. King's life also demonstrates that the approach advocated by the Mahatma could work in any environment. It is ironical that Ambedkar who fought a similar battle in India had serious differences with Gandhi.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bharadwaja Penumaka

    Impressive presentation. And inspiring life story. He implemented the Gandhian Non-Violence through out his life. Good.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Arpitha Rao

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