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Títol:The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation
Autors:Anna Malaika Tubbs (Autor)
Informació:Flatiron Books (2021), 272 pages
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This is a nonfiction account of the three mothers behind 3 of the most pivotal figures who shaped African-American culture in America, fought for Civil Rights and the end of segregation. Berdis Baldwin, Alberta King, and Louise Little were all incredible in their own right. The author shares their stories of strength and grief with the tenderness only a fellow mother could have. She weaves her own experience into the book and issues a call for continued change so that women are not overlooked in their roles, particularly black women. I loved learning about their drastically different lives. From New York to the Midwest to the South, the author compares their childhoods, financial standing, family dynamics, and more to show the impact each world had on Malcolm X, James Baldwin, and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the men they became. ( )
  bookworm12 | Apr 6, 2021 |
I am conflicted in a lot of ways by this book. I wanted to learn about the mothers of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and James Baldwin who were so important in forming the characters and greatness of their exceptional sons. I did learn a lot and am grateful for that.. But, the book is one of grievance about how these women suffered persecution and lack of credit by American society over the years (The author author tell us about her own personal slights). In total, the author's agenda seems to overpower the achievements of these great women. ( )
  muddyboy | Apr 4, 2021 |
i expected this to be a bit more full and interesting than it was. which isn't to say that this isn't interesting, because it is - it's just that there isn't actually a lot of information out there about these women, and so the author had to make what she had stretch out. she did a lot of research, and said that some of the information she found was contradictory (even things like birth dates are noted differently), and she had to make some assumptions and guesses about some things. she puts together what she does have of the stories of these women and mothers in a pretty compelling way. and there is some history woven in here, of the civil rights movement and of course of black oppression.

and her overall point is a good one - that we need to pay more attention and give more due to the black women in our nation's history, because these women have mostly been erased and/or ignored. she's asking us to pay more attention to black women, as we should, and uses these women as an example.

i love james baldwin's work, but realized in listening to this, that i know very little about his personal biography, and i was especially glad to learn both about him and his mother.

"In fact, it is said that Nazis in Germany based their own forced sterilization laws on those practiced in the United States [on Black people]." ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Feb 26, 2021 |
Author Anna Malaika Tubbs uses what little is documented about the mothers of Black icons Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin as a springboard for a discussion of Black life in the U.S. in the twentieth century, with all its injustice and violence. The indominable spirits of women like Alberta King, Louise Little, and Berdis Baldwin gave their children reason for hope despite their often-bleak circumstances. The three mothers passed their self-sufficiency, courage, and resilience on to all their children but especially to their famous sons.

I wish that more could have actually be said about the three rather obscure women in question (to say that the three "shaped a nation," as specified in the subtitle, is an overstatement). The book is admirably researched, but Tubbs's discursive and somewhat redundant writing style takes some getting used to. There's a fair amount of editorializing as well. Still, this book is a laudable tribute to three often-overlooked figures. ( )
1 vota akblanchard | Feb 24, 2021 |
Spotted this via a New York Times article and thought it sounded like an interesting read. We know the names and more of the histories of their sons, but we don't know much about the mothers of these famous men. How were they, all Black women, part of the historical narrative that involved Jim Crow and would shape their sons to become the men we know today?

I know various bits of these three men from school as well as reading things like Malcolm X's autobiography, a biography of Coretta Scott King, Baldwin's 'Giovanni's Room', etc. but I didn't know what to expect. It probably wasn't a surprise that all three women had a hand in shaping their sons and influence who they would each grow up to be and if you're not someone who is familiar with any or all three of these men there's probably insights you wouldn't know elsewhere.

That said, the negative reviews are on point. I'm not entirely sure either as to what telling the stories of these women necessarily add (especially in this combination vs. individual biographies but perhaps there wasn't enough material for that). It also does painfully read like an academic dissertation rather than a readable biography but your experience may vary.

Ultimately this wasn't really for me but I can absolutely see this as a book of reference or for research purposes or as a related reading for a class, etc.

Library borrow for me and that was best. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 20, 2021 |
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