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What Would Martin Say?
On April 4, 1968, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, depriving the world of one of the greatest moral authorities of the twentieth century. He was thirty-nine. King had achieved so much at such a young age that it is hard to believe that he has been gone longer than the brief time he spent on th...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Harper
(first published 2008)
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This book is part bio, part informed fiction...if that makes any sense. The author, Clarence Jones was a close friend and advisor of Martin Luther King Jr., he had a hand in writing many of MLK's most famous speeches. Jones gives readers alot of interesting anecdotal background about MLK that really helps to flesh out the man behind the legendary moniker. Using his intimate knowledge of King's thoughts and rationale, Jones presents what he believes would be King's opinions on many of today's pre ...more
Clarence Jones speaks his mind but I would caution him in publishing something that only gives white people more ammunition when it comes to Civil Rights issues. He blames his own race for many of the issues they face. I know a lot of white conservatives who would love this book, and that scares me.
This book looked like an interesting read when I found it at the library a couple months ago. It did turn out to be an interesting read. However, I had one major qualm with this book. Mostly, I guess the whole premise, though intriguing, is a bit maddening. It would be interesting to think about what Martin Luther King, Jr. *might* say about some of the issues we face in our world today. However, at the same time, part of me thinks that maybe it's best not to put words in another person's mouth, ...more
Very well written book and someone who knen Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as anyone I suppose. Interesting perspective in Mr. Jones' writing in that he tells the story as he beleives MLK would have seen different current issues such as racisim, terrorism, affirmative action and others. Very provocative.
Jul 06, 2009 James Tapscott rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, especially young people
Recommended to James by: Dennis Prager, radio talk show host
Having seen how so many have co-opted M L King's words for there particular political or social agenda, it is refresing to interpret through those who lived, prayed, suffered and worked with M L King what his response to todays issues might be. This opens a vision of Martin L King that is ignored by the "black leaders" & the mainstream media in todays culture.