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Mar 23, 2020
really liked it
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I grew up with a picture of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. hanging on my wall. Malcolm is on the left looking straight at you and King is on the right looking at Malcolm. Growing up I dont think I ever questioned why King was looking at Malcolm rather than looking straight ahead too, but now I understand after reading Peniel Josephs forthcoming book The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X
Josephs excellent study of Malcolm and Martin expands our perceptions of these monumental leaders to make clear how they influenced each other to the point where distinctions between them seem less important than the more fascinating view of seeing how they both developed and advocated forms of activism sustained by revolutionary ideas.
Joseph assesses Malcolms activism as that of a prosecuting attorney who possessed the passion and bluntness to identify racial injustice as a disease and then to
Read if you: Want a challenging but fascinating dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
There are many biographies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X; as they were contemporaries ((who rarely actually interacted), biographies of each man will include some information/context about the other. The Sword and the Shield is fascinating and unique in that Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr are both featured on most pages. As their backgrounds, beliefs, and actions were mostly very
I hope to write a more complete review. It was hard not to reflect on my own attitudes, as peripheral as they were to the major events described here. I continue to think on these ideas and attitudes.
I hadnt read a biography and analysis of Malcolm X before. Sword And Shield was very informative that way. I also appreciated the analysis of how the two men effected each others stances. King, of course, is legend. I remember watching Eyes on the Prize documentary series. I referred to the book
Apr 18, 2020
A wonderful addition to the volumes currently in existence, as well as those still to come, within the history genre. The Civil Rights Era spanned for decades and still exists in the modern world, just as a new chapter, but Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X are two of the most well-known individuals within this topic. The Sword and the Shield looks at the lives of both men and their work within some of the most adversarial decades of the twentieth century for African American civil rights.
Apr 15, 2020
really liked it
Malcolm X as the sword wielding,…black Americas prosecuting attorney and MLK Jr, the shield carrying ..nations chief defense attorney.
Towards the end of this book, I began thinking about a binary star system (and my knowledge of celestial science is beyond limited, but work with me here). I envisioned these two giants of men spinning around each other, their action plans diverging greatly at the onset. Their gravitational fields – stronger than anything in the vicinity – pulled & pushed on
Apr 23, 2020
really liked it
It starts off slow for anyone who knows the basics in the lives of Dr. King and Malcolm X but it builds momentum. An easy read and it presents a good argument for its central thesis that toward the ends of their lives they were closer in their views than at the beginning and that, as usual, society airbrushes out the parts it doesn’t want to remember to create easily digested caricatures of each.
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