- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Unabridged edition (April 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569762791
- ISBN-13: 978-1569762790
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: An Autobiography Paperback – Unabridged, April 1, 2010
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“Colorful details bring alive the history of the civil rights era. . . . Abernathy’s storytelling is gripping, even moving.” --New York Times
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About the Author
Ralph David Abernathy was an American civil rights leader and Martin Luther King Jr.'s closest friend and associate. Following King's assassination, Abernathy took up the leadership of the SCLC's Poor People's Campaign and led the march on Washington in May 1968.
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One is the voice of the author. Abernathy writes with a rich warmth, and humor for all the seriousness, and is very personable.
In addition, the way he sets out the events of the Civil Rights movement is so clear. The various events are familiar, but he sets them in a context where you understand how some things led to others, and why things happened the way they did. I have studied these events, but I understand them better now.
This is not to say that there are no weaknesses. The focus of the main body of the book starts to wander as we reach the epilogue, catching things up on what happened to him personally after the movement has ended, but it is natural that it would do so. I can also see how some would feel that he takes too much credit for his part, as he and King worked very closely together, despite King being the much more public face. However the account takes nothing away from King's place, and you can easily see the devotion Abernathy felt for King, and his grief at the loss. I would recommend this book to anyone.
The Army was not desegregated until April of 1948. Unfortunately, the rest of the nation would take much longer.
The Honorable Ralph David Abernathy tells the truth about the dishonorable Martin Luther King in this excellent Autobiography. Some will accuse me of not reading the book or owning the book. I actually have two copies of the book. One I purchased from a library who sold the book for fifty cents. i was dismayed to see the library discarding the book. it is a piece of historical work much needed in today's hate laced civil rights atmosphere we live in.