I May Not Get There With You : The True Martin Luther King, Jr (Paperback)

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A private citizen who transformed the world around him, Martin Luther King, Jr., was arguably the greatest American who ever lived. Now, after more than thirty years, few people understand how truly radical he was. In this groundbreaking examination of the man and his legacy, provocative author, lecturer, and professor Michael Eric Dyson restores King''s true vitality and complexity and challenges us to embrace the very contradictions that make King relevant in today''s world.


Publisher Simon & Schuster
Mfg Part# 9780684830377
SKU 30699139
Format Paperback
ISBN10 068483037X
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 1T
"[A] thoughtful and provocative book that tries to put both King's accomplishments and his flaws in perspective."
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Annotation This reexamination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy challenges many of the commonly held ideas about King as a "safe" symbol, repositioning him as an activist. Dyson deals forthrightly with difficult issues surrounding King's life, while underscoring the importance of his philosophical and political stances.
Excerpt It seems to matter little that few people actually read what King wrote or spoke. What counts is that one can marshal enough of King's sentences in isolation from their original contexts to justify one's beliefs or perspectives. Thus King becomes a convenient icon shaped in our own distorted political images. He is fashioned to deflect our fears and fulfill our fantasies. King has been made into a metaphor of our hunger for heroes who cheer us up more than they challenge or change us....Reducing King's brilliantly disturbing rhetoric to sound bites lets us off the hook. It even causes us to forget his challenging ideas. I MAY NOT GET THERE WITH YOU is a work of biocriticism -- a critical investigation of King's career and cultural impact through the analytical prism of biographical details and life episodes. It attempts to rescue King's memory from the image of romantic dreamer that obscures his embrace of challenging ideas. I try to extract King's flesh-and-blood achievements, and failures, from sanitizing hero worship.
Editors Note Argues that Martin Luther King, Jr., should stand beside the Founding Fathers in terms of his significance to American history.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0432
Publisher Free Press

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