The Sword and the Shield

By Peniel E. Joseph, Peniel E. Joseph,

Book cover of The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are the two most iconic figures of the Civil Rights movement. To most Americans, Malcolm and Martin represent contrasting political ideals -- self-defense vs. non-violence, anger vs. pacifism, separatism vs. integration, the sword vs. the shield. The Civil Rights movement itself has suffered…

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Martin or Malcolm? Civil Rights or Black Power? Integration or Separation? In this book, equal parts wise and smart, Joseph shows the limits of such questions. With their different styles and ways, both Martin and Malcolm fought for the common cause of equality and full citizenship. This book gets to the heart of why this cause was the defining struggle for equality of the post-World War Two decades.

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Leadership makes a difference. The turmoil of race relations anywhere in the world is severe and costly to humanity. In the US, two leaders stand out as moving us ahead and are still the icons of seeking and gains in race relations. There approaches were diametrically opposed until revelations created a convergence. This compelling book tells the details, approach, and impact of two courageous leaders that we can learn from when facing anti-racism as well as seeking a better world.

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