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April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America Hardcover – March 31, 2008
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In any case, Dyson offers an interesting take on Martin Luther King's death and the impact that it had on America, both its positive and negative elements. Dyson comments on King's character, powerful oratory, a brief family history as well as the numerous causes he stood behind. He event hints at a possible government conspiracy as the cause of King's death stating several incidents where the president of the time refused to protect him or even warn King of impending danger at death threats being called in for him. In addition, Dyson concentrates on statistics - both from the late 60's when King was assassinated as well as today - to represent the changes that America has produced since King's death.
I was blown away at the chapter on Jesse Jackson, however, though confused on Dyson's standpoint in regards to it. Dyson informs the reader that directly following King's murder, he instructed others not to speak to the media. After telling all of them that he wasn't feeling well, Abernathy (one of King's right-hand men) spotted Jackson speaking with the media himself, in his desperate attempt to fill King's shoes, claiming that he was the very last person that King ever spoke to - a blatant lie, as Abernathy knew that King had spoken to another associate before taking his last breath.Read more ›
Dr. King was shadowed by violence and death from the moment he stepped into the Civil Rights limelight in the 1950s. His home was bombed; he received numerous death threats; he endured arrest and imprisonment on the flimsiest of charges; he suffered the hostility of passivity of his fellow pastors; he was hounded and threatened by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. What Dyson does it to discuss the toll that all of this took on King. Dyson coins the term "automortality" to refer to King's references to his own death - especially his references to how he would be eulogized at his own funeral. By speaking in this way, King attempted to master death - to remove some of its sting - and thereby to find the strength to press on. Dyson also discusses King's depression, and frankly deals with the way he handled it - via alcohol and women. These only added guilt to the already overwhelming psychic burden that King carried. Indeed, the sense of humility and personal inadequacy made King a far different person than those who came after him.
I was most interested in the second focal point in the nook - King's preaching against economic, military and political oppression. King was the most prophetic on these issues, finding fault with an America he considered one of the most violent nations on earth.Read more ›
That was perhaps the high point of his writing. I found his use of of the term "automortology" to be overly repetitive and found myself at times saying out loud, "I get it". This was annopying at times, but easy to overlook. Although he did offer much insight into King's mindset at the end of his days, it was his treatment of the successors that left me feeling cheated.
How he could make the arguments for Jesse Jackson by making unfounded accusations against Hosea Williams and Dr Abernathy made me sick. As a resident of Atlanta, I had the privilege of seeing Uncle Hosie ,a giant in the movement for civil rights, live out his final days. Always serving, always giving, always fighting for those without a voice. Hosea Williams was an honorable man and the accusation that his rage at Jackson's lying was fueled by jealousy is disgusting. His rage was at the lies being told by Jackson moments after his leader and friend had been murdered.
Let's compare the integrity of Hosea Williams to that of Jesse Jackson. Hosea Williams followed Dr King's lead and lived a life that fought for the underserved regardless of his personal interest. Jesse Jackson uses every opportunity for personal enrichment. The use of donations to his Rainbow Coalition to fund hush money for his mistress and his child born to her is well documented.
Which one has integrity? If Mr.Read more ›
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Ahhh, yes. Mike Dyson. Writes a book about MLK and, of course, presents nothing new in his analysis. Men like Dyson have been copying theories and ideas about MLK for 50 years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dave Simpson
excellent read. learn about Dr. King the man instead of Dr. King the icon and the significance of his death for the nation. also discusses the inner circle of Dr. Read morePublished 9 months ago by KIP
Just picked this up on MLK day after having not finished it a few years ago. Like Lincoln, King has been the subject of numerous books, many of which are better than this. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Davis
As the book opens, a riveting scene is depicted reaching back to Michael Eric Dyson’s personal experience of the assassination of Dr. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kevin N. Hammond
Michael Eric Dyson continues to articulate why he is one of our country's most prolific public intellectuals. Those who care deeply about understanding Dr. Read morePublished 24 months ago by michael cheers
Since I was in Washington, DC the night of April 4, 1968, my view is not as Mr. Dyson's. I was waiting for my date, she was a member of Stokley's group; when the shooting was... Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by RICHARD J BROWN
The title implies that information regarding the aftermath of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. The information covered was his personal life. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by caharrin
great buy, i kept it after the semester.there is not much else i can mention about it but i hope you enjoy it.Published on February 21, 2011 by windzbreezy
Dyson does show systematicaaly how King's death changed America. The Black population came out of their shell and now openly voiced their rightful place in America. Read morePublished on July 26, 2010 by Stanky