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The first Muslim to be elected to Congress speaks out about what divides Americans—and what can bring us together. As a former Catholic who converted to Islam, Keith Ellison, is the first Muslim elected to Congress—from a district with fewer than 1 percent Muslims and 11 percent Blacks. With his unique perspective on uniting a disparate community and speaking to a common g ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing
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Having been given the opportunity to read My Country ‘Tis of Thee in advance, I can legitimately regard it as a necessary read for Americans, and people from elsewhere, alike. My role in promoting this book was made easy, as it is genuinely moving and thought provoking. Ellison’s prose is relatable and captures precisely his character- the kind of man he is. Moreover, his insights on race and religion in American political culture and society provides a view of Islam that can help readers both u ...more
I was first impressed by the title and then reading about the author. I love how he started and ended this book. His personal strengths and the strengths of his family gave this book even more enjoyable for me as a reader and one who loves family. I did not know about Keith Ellison but I feel with his love of people, and risk taken in his religous freedom is one that I have thought about many times after reading this book and returning to read portions of it again. I can't begin to image how his ...more
While almost every American knows the words to “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” most do not know there was an abolitionist version written in 1843. It speaks of the history of slavery and white privilege but ends on a hopeful note for everyone as it looks towards the day when slavery ends. This song and these verses molded Keith Ellison’s history and goals. MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE articulate that history and goals very well.
Even if he accomplishes nothing more the rest of his life, he has assured h
Keith Ellison, a former Catholic who converted to Islam, was the first Muslim to be elected to US Congress. In My Country ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future Ellison recounts the history of racism and prejudice in America, what continues to divide the country and what needs to change to accommodate different races and beliefs. Ellison is deeply patriotic and takes a hard look at today’s culture to help define what it means to be an American today and how we can work toward re-unifying ...more
I received an advance reading copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When I saw that the first Muslim to be elected to the U.S. Congress had written a memoir I was anxious to read it. If I had ever known there was a Muslim in Congress, I had forgotten, and I was curious about what Mr. Ellison had to say.
Ellison grew up in Detroit, the son of a physician. He covers his family life in detail and gives the reader a feeling for his early life and the influences that carry
Keith Ellison's autobiography is an interesting account of his background, family, decisions and actions that led him to become a member of congress as the first Muslim African-American. He gives his thoughts and philosophies on child-raising and other issues. For many readers, this will be satisfying. For me, it seemed somewhat topical and light; I would have liked more depth, more analysis of his thinking.
Moving seamlessly from personal story and experience to political issues and back, Ellison invites us all to the dialogue of what it means to be a democracy, to offer one another dignity, to make a country both free and just, to lead and to take responsibility for what each of us can do and all of us may do together. Recommended for community reads, community organizers, social justice committees, and anyone interested in civil rights and safe and healthy communities.
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A little preachy in places, but an enjoyable narrative of his life.
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“What I know about my country is that when America is challenged, we rise to the occasion. When we’re fearful, we become divided. When we’re courageous and have good leadership, we unite.” 7 likes
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