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review 2016-10-28 15:50
Why We Can't Wait - Martin Luther King Jr.
Why We Can't Wait - Martin Luther King Jr.,Jesse Jackson

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

And the famous......

“I Had a Dream....”

And can never forget.....

"Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last."

If you don't know the voice to these quotes then you need to either go back to school or locate your library as quick as you can. The visionist who, with courage, spoke these words to the ears of every person on the planet. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. as you know is well known for his speaking for civil rights movement in the time when folks didn't "get along well with other" because of the skin color. Back in the day it was unheard of for White folk and Black folks could be seen together in a public place; for them to sit casually in a resturant and just eat breakfast. Today...we hardly ever have this problem. Kids in school can understand what their teachers mean by "segregated" "racial differences". To fully understand what really happened back in the day, what took place and how the "people" felt it's always best to go to a non-fiction book. And I, as your librarian, have the perfect book for the young minds that are trying to understand who, what, where when and the why. Why We Can't Wait by the man himself, Martin Luther King Jr.

Why We Can't Wait talks about the Birmingham, Alabama (which was well known as the most racially segregated city in the United States at that time) druing the 1963 which was a very crucial year for the civil rights movement. King demonstrated with many other outspoken people to the world the power of nonviolent direct action by examining the history of the civil rights struggle and the tasks that furture generations (like us) must accomplish to bring about full equality.

The other reason why this book is perfect for young minds trying to understand what went on during that time frame is that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote most of this book was written along with a "Letter from Birmingham Jail" King wrote in April of 1963. Trying to get inside the mind of one of the great outspoken leaders of our time? Try your local library and ask about Martin Luther King Jr. You might find something you weren't even looking for!!!

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/513100149
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review 2016-02-14 18:43
Author is definitely not up to the task.
One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets - Bliss Broyard

I know absolutely nothing about Anatole Broyard, but heard about this book by his daughter Bliss and how she and her brother found out about her heritage right before her father's death. But I thought it would be a fascinating story of race, genealogy, history, race relations and more in the US. Instead it's another book that's really a form of therapy for the author. Which is a real shame, because she can write--this book is just too ambitious for what it's trying to do.

 

The initial discovery of learning about her father's background and that he was passing for white felt a bit anti-climatic and drags Part I out for far too long. It's filled with the author's angst of finding out this information that somehow turned her world totally upside down without her ever really thinking the whole thing through. Throughout the book the author comes across as defensive: it may not have been intended that way but I genuinely didn't get the impression the author actually, truly thought everything through or bothered to dig deeper for her understanding. As other reviews say, it's as if the author thinks this is the only time in history has ever such a thing happened and she never moved on from the initial discovery.

 

Part II was much more interesting, as it's a tracing of history of her paternal line. We are then treated to a broader context of history in New Orleans which I did find interesting for awhile, except the author cannot resist the temptation to insert herself. Presumably to give context to the present day (relatively), it's obnoxious and I wanted her to stay out of the tale. The older history was more fascinating, but when she gets closer and closer to the modern era she seemed to pop up more and I wanted to shove her out of the narrative.

 

That said, I also think that the history itself needed an editor to hack away some of the historical details and to somehow integrate everything. The book wanted to be too many things at once and it would have been better if the two had been somehow integrated or if Bliss had written a separate book on JUST the discover of her father's background. I couldn't help but think of 'The Warmth of Other Suns' which is not quite on the same topic, but weaves the personal and historical a lot better.

 

It's a pity, because are parts and times where the author really shines in the writing and some of it is really interesting. But I can't help but be a bit shocked that the author apparently didn't benefit from the time of her father's death in 1990 to the publication of this book in 2007 to move forward in her emotional understanding. Her brother Todd seemed to handle the information more easily so I'm curious as to the story for why Bliss seemed unable/unwilling to work through her anxieties and issues around her father and this information.

 

Well, had my curiosity satisfied. This one's going back to the library. I would imagine this would be of interest to those who are interested in race/race relations/racism, Anatole Broyard, etc. I wouldn't rush out to read this one, library. There is a really great story here, but unfortunately it really did not come out here.

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