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Along Martin Luther King: Travels on Black America's Main Street Hardcover – November 4, 2003

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Tilove, who covers race for Newhouse News Service, spent two years traveling across the U.S. locating and chronicling life along the streets, drives, boulevards, and avenues named for Martin Luther King Jr. Tilove and photographer Falco discovered nearly 500 streets named for the slain civil rights leader. Tilove met the residents and patrons of businesses along King in Harlem, Atlanta, Oakland, and Chicago, as well as smaller towns such as Canton, Mississippi; Belle Glade, Florida; and Huntsville and Jasper, Texas. The essays and photographs provide portraits of the lives and aspirations of black Americans along what is often the main street of the black community. The pair was in Belle Glade during the 2000 presidential election; in Chicago for the wake and funeral of poet Gwendolyn Brooks; in Harlem for King's birthday celebration; and in Portland, Oregon, to witness a slowly gentrifying community that has become less and less black over time. A riveting look at the concerns and conditions of black communities throughout the U.S. Vanessa Bush
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But pause on King, begin talking to folks, and the clutter, the noise of the rest of America falls away, and you are transported beyond the sometimes battered facade into a black America that, with astonishing welcome, reveals itself as not only more separate and self-contained than imagined but also more tightly interconnected, more powerfully whole. Many black people have moved beyond the neighborhoods through which King runs (though there are now King streets in new black suburbs), but few live beyond the reach of the sounds, sentiments, and stories rooted on King. These are streets united by struggle and circumstance, by history and happenstance. One King street leads to the next and next and back again.

For many whites, a street sign that says Martin Luther King tells them they are lost. For many blacks, a street sign that says Martin Luther King tells them they are found.

—from Along Martin Luther King
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (November 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140006080X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400060801
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,555,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ALONG MARTIN LUTHER KING, is an expansion of Tilove's six-week series that was featured in several national newspapers. The book gives readers glimpses into the lives of real people and real situations that occur in the African American community. The tales are so personal that readers will feel as if they know each of the inhabitants. The book also gives commentary on the history, politics, and current issues facing the communities, which adds depth and understanding to their plights. ALONG MARTIN LUTHER KING: TRAVELS ON BLACK AMERICA'S MAIN STREET is a beautiful and educational book that would complement any coffee table collection.
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By A Customer on November 16, 2003
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Tilove, along with the wonderful photos, provides a wonderful glimpse into African-American life, minus the stereotypes. He's a wonderful writer, and after reading the book, you feel like you know many of the residents of Martin Luther King streets very personally. Every school library ought to have this book displayed prominantly.
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The idea of one pl;ace being many places hand having a common cultural thread it neat. Exploring why streets are named what they are and how that is affected by community and race is also neat.
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I love this book. It is elegant, engaging, beautiful and a great read. I got lost immediately in the story telling with real, rich characters like Ms. Marion Tumbleweed Beach who is gardening and drinking dacquiris in the middle of the day.

It's more a testament that everyone has a story than it is about where those stories are found. Very much akin to taking a handful of coins and writing a story about those who are struck by the pennies that land.

The photos and storytelling is in a journalistic, easy to follow style that provides a sense of place and time as well as healthy background providing how these people came to their particular place in time.

Just wonderful.
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I recommend this book to everyone.
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