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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088282354X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882823546
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Georgia Davis Powers was born in a two room cabin, the grandniece of a slave. She rose to become the first black woman state senator in Kentucky. Georgia has retired from the Kentucky Senate seat she held for twenty-one years. She lives in the same district of Louisville, Kentucky, that she served with such distinction.

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DO WE WANT THE TRUTH....? Yep. We don't mind hearing the truth. But here's the way it goes. As long as J.Edgar Hoover, with his low-down and dirty ways that spit on our Constitutional rights to privacy and our Constitutional right to speak and protest, was telling his dirty-tales, we felt fine spreading the news like gossip. Because it doesn't hurt so bad. ( Back then, we didn't want Jackie Kennedy to marry Onassis for the same reason. She was OUR First Lady--an all American First Lady. We thought we had a right to speak out against what we thought was inappropriate for our FLOTUS. You see we loved her because we loved John Kennedy. But then we heard his stories too and Marilyn Monroe's name was tossed around like so much candy. In the end, the icons survived but maybe they felt pain hearing us talking about them and what they do and what they did back then was put their lives at risk for all of us.) WELL, as long as Hoover was telling the dirty stuff we could tolerate it but when one of fellow icons come forth to say: "Yes we did it like Willie and MaryAnn behind the barn we don't want to hear it from her and we don't want to hear it. We could always call Hoover a liar. And that felt and feels really good to have said that as an American citizen with freedom of speech.

BUT WHY ARE WE THIS WAY...why are we like Dr. Robinson? Why do we want to call it trash and not buy his book and read it or go to see her online in a blue suit looking iconic and cute? Somebody said King was made out to be like a god...well, people do that. It is part of being "people". But others argue that it takes all the parts to make a whole. So. Corretta Scott King is an icon in her own rite.
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It gives you a realistic insight as to the man and the movement. I found it very informative and it showed a human side to Dr. King, growing up as a child of the late 50's early 60's your parents and adults around you portrayed him as a God like almost not human, not capable of making a mistake or being vunderable as most human beings are. I'am not trying to take away from the fact that it took a very extorantory person to stand against the injustices that were being thrust upon a group of people just because of the color of their skin, or their religious beliefs.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By silver dollar on August 15, 2013
Well written book. Recommend to anyone interested in the truth. Some African Americans will not like this book. It exposes the ugly under belly of the civil rights movement.

To understand true history one must read and understand ALL of history. This book is a necessary read for all who are interested in the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King.

Thank you, Senator Georgia Powers
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Since I've been a member of Amazon, I have only reviewed one book; however, due to the subject, I found it hard not to leave a comment. Before reading this book, I have only heard a little about Sen. Georgia Davis Powers--not knowing she had any connection with Dr. King.

I have always been told by my mother "Don't kiss and tell". To say that Powers have done so many great things in her life, it saddens me that a woman of her educational and background would write a book like this. There were certain time in this book I thought I was reading my 16 year old cousin's dairy--not the first Black American woman that ever become Kentucky senator.

Powers so often in the book says that she loved MLK (she calls him ML); however, when this book was written, Dr. King's wife was still alive. If Powers loved MLK so much, why did she put the King family in so much hot water and drama? It is well known that MLK had many women friends and of my knowledge none of them have written a book besides Powers.

In closing, why was this book even written? UGH. Who did this book help? It didn't help the Civil Rights Movement. It makes me sick to my stomach when I think about how Kings Family must have felt when they heard the revolting sexual details in this "book". I really have a special place for this book and it would not be in my private library in my study. This book would live down the street with last night dinner and the yesterday's newspaper. In other words, it would be trashed!
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