I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr

I May Not Get There With You The True Martin Luther King Jr A private citizen who transformed the world around him Martin Luther King Jr was arguably the greatest American who ever lived Now after than thirty years few people understand how truly radical h

  • Title: I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr
  • Author: Michael Eric Dyson
  • ISBN: 9780684830377
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • A private citizen who transformed the world around him, Martin Luther King, Jr was arguably the greatest American who ever lived Now, after 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 cA private citizen who transformed the world around him, Martin Luther King, Jr was arguably the greatest American who ever lived Now, after 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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    1. An uneven book marred by bad chapters. For instance Chapter 9 tries to relate King to rappers. Did Dr. King swear and use profanities in his speeches from the pulpit? Also there is overuse of rhetoric, repetitiveness and useless digressions (or rants). Is it necessary to know what Mr. Dyson thinks of Clinton – this is a digression.Nevertheless there are some good critiques. King did not allow women a proper place in the ‘movement’ – the SCLC. For Dr. King women appeared to be playthings. [...]

    2. Good book indeed. me a new perspective on Kings life and work by presenting his humanity.ifying his greatness to show that he was just a man, a flawed human being YET look what he accomplished a private citizen. And thats why we should honor the guy, because he did what we all could do. He was no superhero, just another man who hated injustice but was willing to do something about it, to rise to the challenge. And exposing King as a man of with weakness as well as strengths, Dyson changes our no [...]

    3. Dyson's set of essays on King gives a deeper and rounder image of his life and impact than we're used to. Dyson gives us a more radical King, probing is final years in which King was increasingly interested in socialism, economic justice, and Black empowerment beyond the voting rights and legislative victories of the Civil Rights movement. Dyson also doesn't hold back on King's flaws and complexities - his patriarchy, his psychologically complex sexual infidelity, his academic plagiarism, and hi [...]

    4. I was at once moved and challenged by this study of the life, work, influence, and image of Martin Luther King Jr.; and I expect that that is exactly how author Michael Eric Dyson hoped his readers would respond.I May Not Get There With You takes its title from one of Dr. King’s most famous speeches – one that has gained fame not only for the eloquence that was characteristic of Dr. King’s public utterances, but also for its prophetic qualities. The speech, widely known as “I’ve Been t [...]

    5. In I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King JR written by Micheal Eric Dyson he describes generations before the civil rights movement and generations after. Dyson intention is to ask his readers "what would the civil rights leader think if he was alive today". There is a lot of facts in this book that cant be second guessed which makes this book interesting. Dyson talks about the time he spent with King during his adult life and how king is a civil rights leader who did not mak [...]

    6. This is one of the greatest books that vie ever read! I know it is not February yet but I still felt it was fine to refresh my knowledge on the king, as in Martin Luther King JR. The author Michael Eric Dyson captured about every great thing the king did in life, which is almost everything he did, all in 311 pages. This book is absolutely amazing and brilliant. I feel that this book gets everything you need to know about the great Martin Luther King JR and if you want to get any information on h [...]

    7. I read it out of a want to learn more about the legend of Martin Luther King and the information was indeed quite revealing.I have always heard how amazing MLK was, so imagine my surprise that this book would reveal a side of MLK that is undeniably sexist and authoritarian (sorry, I know MLK is untouchable to many) The book left me feeling those things sometimes more than the positive characteristics of compassion that most know of, MLK's understanding of the connection between racism, poverty, [...]

    8. Now, this book has been controversial since it was first published. But guess what? It doesn't matter. Michael Eric Dyson does not apologize for his revealing biography of MLK, jr but rather makes a case for MLK's humanity and the importance of truth. We see a full picture of a man who committed his life to that which seemed impossible. We glimpse his coping mechanisms. We mourn for his sorrow in realizing that the system is the system. We learn that MLK is constantly taken out of context and co [...]

    9. Dyson certainly contributes a unique perspective to King that is needed after the regurgitation that other biographers seem to offer. I appreciated his detailing of King's more radical beliefs in the years shortly before his assassination, as well as his assessment of conservative white co-option of King's image. However, much of the book is a depressing foray into King's 'weaknesses,' which Dyson feels must be admitted to bring humanity rather than mythology to King's figure, but then attempts [...]

    10. This is not a very well-written book on several levels. The good thing is that it makes me want to go back and read Ralph David Abernathy's account again entitled, "And The Walls Came Tumbling Down," which is much, much better. Although Dyson emphasizes his realistic look at King, and I understand the desire to show how he changed over time in his views, the author really over applies his methodology when exposing King's infidelities, his abysmal treatment of women in the movement, and his acade [...]

    11. I learned more about the civil rights movement from this book than from any other single source in my life. This is a good thing.However, this book is somewhat lacking in organization. The chapter heading is just a jumping off point for Dyson. Suddenly you're reading about Ralph Reed, then the King center and then whatever else until the chapter ends. It's fascinating stuff, but I May Not Get There With You Would be an amazing resource if there wasn't a stream-of-consciousness flavor to it. This [...]

    12. Although a wee bit too academic-y for my taste, I recommend this book to all my friends. While our generation has been taught to love and celebrate Dr. King, Michael Eric Dyson shows that we’ve been handed down a stagnant and sanitized version of his legacy. Dyson complains that by allowing Dr. King’s legacy to rest on just a few famous sound bites, we fail to learn from the full breath of his work.We have so much to learn from Dr. King- by studying his criticism of the Vietnam War we can in [...]

    13. Attempts to reclaim the real, radical and flawed MLK from conservative attempts to cannonize him as an American hero and a saint. Explains well MLK's change in politics between 1963 to his death in 1968, when he increasingly began to connect racism in America to capitalism and imperialism, and this as more deeply entrenched in society than he had previously thought. I would have liked to have read a bit more about his politics, rather than long chapters about his extra-marital affairs and plagia [...]

    14. The one thing that I despise more than starting a book and not finishing it is starting a book and struggling to get through it. After reading "Why I Love Black Women", I fell in love with Dyson's language, he is such a smooth operator for words. Unfortunately, this book went overboard. His message is so verbose, all meaning is lost in translation. The content of the book, I am sure, is meant to educate a broad range of people. However, delivering his message in such an advanced and scholarly ma [...]

    15. One of the best books I have ever read, it shows the complete MLK: the socialist leaning hero, to the sexist and depressed adulterer. The more I read the book the more is revealed by Dyson, and I am excited to read his book about Tupac. The only bad thing about the book, and why it only gets four stars is because it drags on, and between the moments of unmistakeable clarity and insight there are moments where you get bored. You have to put the book down after reading for 30 minutes of so to actu [...]

    16. I've never read a book(especially about someone so famous) that did such a good job deconstructing the myth and giving the reader the raw ingredients. Usually it's the other way around. Dyson is not only a fantastic writer, but his ability to paint a picture (using social context in a way that doesn't seek simply to agitate), is remarkable.This is the kind of book that truly spurs critical thought and analysis while still remaining a great read.

    17. Read enough of it to "get" Dyson's message. Sometimes I'm right there with his writing, and other times I'm wishing he would simply get to the point. If you want a smart MLK biography that is thoroughly researched and explores difficult subjects that the idolizing public wishes to ignore, this is your book. Though Dyson clearly has a message for the reader, he'll give you both sides with enough facts to make your own informed decision about this historical giant.

    18. I enjoyed this book, though it was slow and jumpy in spots. It didn't take long at all for Martin Luther King Jr to be co-opted by those who want to remake his message (especially his more radical anti-war, pro-poor people messages toward the end of his life) into something more "palatable" to American consumerist and even right-wing "values". This book takes a look at the man, including his very real faults and sins (and don't we all have them), and still offers us the saint that Martin was.

    19. White supremacy does many things but I doubt it turns pacifist preachers into philandering patriarchs. Men cheat because of desire and opportunity. Unfortunately, Dyson writes just like he speaks so if your not a fan of his style, read every third word and not get too upset over his defense of King even in situations when King is indefensible.

    20. I wanted to agree with Dyson; I wanted to see that later, more radical side of MLK, wanted to walk with him in his disillusionment with The Man. But Dyson's third-person omniscient POV made me feel like he was putting words in a dead man's mouth.I never made it to the controversial part.

    21. Raw, every chapter contains the core concept of its topic, not leaving out any factor or elements that pertain to the page. In fact, it widens the scope, offering scrutinizing information. I recommend to all interested in mechanix of revolution or those who can read movement blueprints.

    22. Great book on MLK Jr. the man. It looks at his weaknesses and his flaws in a way that gives even more credence to the idea that one man can change a generation.

    23. Dyson takes an occasional awkward step with his formidable linguistic talents, he's set out to uncover the more radical and complicated MLK jr. that we all need.

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