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I May Not Get There With You

I May Not Get There With You

The True Martin Luther King Jr

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A private citizen who transformed the world around him, Martin Luther King, Jr., was arguably the greatest American who ever lived. Now, after more than thirty years, few people understand how truly radical he was. In this groundbreaking examination of the man and his legacy, provocative author, lecturer, and professor Michael Eric Dyson restores King's true vitality and complexity and challenges us to embrace the very contradictions that make King relevant in today's world.
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  • Free Press | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684830377 | 
  • February 2001
List Price $29.99

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Chapter 1

"I Saw That Dream Turn Into a Nightmare":
From Color-Blindness to Black Compensation


"I am a mother with six kids," says the beautiful ebony-skinned woman adorned in batik-print African dress and silver loop earrings. "And part of the time I don't even know where I'm going to get the next meal for my children."

All Martin Luther King, Jr., can do is shake his head and utter, "My, my."

King was on a 1968 swing through rural, poor parts of the black South, drumming up support for his Poor People's March on Washington later that year. He had stopped at a small white wood-frame church in Mississippi to... see more

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