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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142671324X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426713248
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joseph E. Lowery, a minister in the United Methodist Church, is an activist in the American civil rights movement.  He served as the third president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1978-1998, after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and his immediate successor, Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, and participated in most of the major activities of the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the '60s.

In addition to speaking at Coretta Scott King’s funeral and giving the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, Rev. Joseph E. Lowery is most recently noted for winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His numerous other awards include: the NAACP award at its 1997 convention for, “dean of the civil rights movement,” and Lifetime Achievement Award.  He also received the Martin Luther King Jr. Center Peace Award and the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.  Ebony has named him one of the 15 greatest black preachers. 

Lowery has also received several honorary doctorates from colleges and universities.  In addition, he was given the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. On his 80th birthday in 2001, the city of Atlanta changed the name of Ashby Street to Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, Atlanta Public Schools established the Joseph E. Lowery Lecture Series on Civic Engagement and Clark Atlanta University founded the Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights.

Henri Giles is a writer and award-winning television producer based near Nashville.  She works on national television programs and produces projects for corporations and non-profit organizations.

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By Wendell F. Wentz on March 1, 2014
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Joseph E. Lowery gives us a picture of his life and the struggle to gain voting, housing, and transportation rights in the Deep South. He lived many years under abusive leaders and oppressive practices committed by those that claim to be Christian. He is a worthy man that should be praised for his bravery and boldness in the land of the enemy. He is fortunate to survive and live to tell his story.
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By Howard Winter on January 23, 2013
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This book gives me hope that God sees what is happening to our country and justice will prevail. Exceptionally good reading.
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I am not quite through with this book, but there was something that amazed me. I truly thought that this would be a memoir of his life, which to an extent it is, but it is based on instances in his life, a column he wrote down for a newspaper, but two stories came out at me. One story happened in 1980,Florence, Alabama. He and his wife were marching for a mentally challenged man charged with rape and he marched and his wife drove, and the Klan started shooting the car, barely missing her. and I do mean barely. The other story reaffirmed my faith that this segregation situation didn't sit well with most folks. He would frequent a restaurant in Nashville and this particular waitress would call out that she couldn't serve Negroes. So he brought a sandwich with him, and ate it there at the lunch counter. Well, the time came where the law was passed and lo and behold, he went into the same restaurant, and the lady was there, smiling at him and asked if he wanted a hamburger and coke, which he said he did. When she brought the food, she asked him could SHE pay the bill? Well, he was outdone and asked why, well she told him that she hated to tell him the policy before but that she was made to by the management and she was a single mom and sole support of several children after losing her husband in a automobile accident, but felt bad to tell him that and was a Christian and it just didn't sit well with her on that. What a compelling story.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tara on February 7, 2011
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I was very interested in this book when I read the discription and have to say it isn't a bad book. I just feel it is a little racist and off track in some areas as it quotes God's word. I do not believe in grouping ALL white people together nor do I believe in grouping ALL black people together which is exactly what this book does.
Not to discredit Mr. Lowery's work.....I think he is an amazing man and did great things. I just feel it should not have been so black and white. I also think that people should get jobs based on their credentials, not based on the color of their skin to meet a quota. I feel that we should ALL be entitled to the benefits he set forth not just one race.
Unfortunately in our society today, I think alot of people are discrediting his life's work and are just looking for a hand out and free ride.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Austen queen on March 4, 2011
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Being of mixed race myself (not Black) I understand Mr. Lowery perfectly. He wrote what is in the heart of many. Yes, it is a black/white picture and realistically when do we, Whites, give others the opportunities to better themselves. If truth be told, we keep them beneath us to serve us and then we belittle others by passing on feelings of superiority. But the law is enforced and we are made aware that we have to allow others to improve in life. Few of us (true Christians) encourage freedom, dignity and respect towards others. Let's keep it this way and not let our prejudices and greed rise. Let's prove our abilities by allowing others to prove theirs as well. Mr. Lowery points out realistic facts. Let us not knock it by saying his separation of Blacks and Whites is not true. Let's give him credit where it is mostly deserved.
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