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Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Paperback – January 6, 2004
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In this 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner, David J. Garrow, through extensive interviews, and access to F.B.I. transcripts, delves deeply into both Dr. Martin Luther Kings leadership role and his private life. He attributes King's moral and physical courage to his religious faith: King believed that he had literally been called to do the Lord's work. But from 1965, when the F.B.I. taped King in sexual encounters and sent the tape to S.C.L.L. headquarters, his associates noted a "spiritual depression", even a "death wish." Fear that exposure would ruin his public work dogged him until his assassination in 1968. While documenting the F.B.I.'s dirty tricks, Garrow never loses sight of King's achievement and vision, nor of the poignancy of King's belief that "the cross is something that you bear and ultimately that you die on." --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Garrow (Protest at Selma), who teaches political science at the City College of New York, draws on 700 interviews and King's personal papers to depict the man's strength and vision as well as his failings and fears. PW noted that the book stresses King's "philosophy of nonviolent resistance, coupled with love and tempered by realism."
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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He moved a nation, several times, and had he not been assassinated, he may have accomplished even more than we can imagine.
I'll revise this when I'm done. It's very, very good.
A few things I would note - I think the author missed a chance to explain how his dad, Michael Luther King, Sr., came to have a son who became well-known as Martin Luther King, Jr., and whose nickname as a child and young man was "Mike."
King's life has many sides, with many interesting details. A close personal friend of King named Professor Vincent Harding taught a college class on King, with a really interesting twist. The story of what happened is detailed in the book "Reality's Pen: Reflections On Family, History & Culture" by Thomas D. Rush on pages 48 and 194 in a piece called "The Picture On The Wall." The book can be found right here on Amazon. At the current time, David J. Garrow is researching an approved biography of President Barack Obama, which is said to have an expected release date sometime in 2016. Professor Garrow called author Thomas D. Rush in March of 2014 to interview him regarding two private conversations Rush held with the President in January of 1989 while working as a Community Organizer. Professor Garrow told Rush during that conversation that Rush's book is well-written. Rush's account of his meetings with President Obama appears on page 95 of Rush's book in a story called, "You Never Know Who God Wants You To Meet."