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The three mothers : how the mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin shaped a nation / Anna Malaika Tubbs.

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Detroit Lakes Public Library 920 TUB (Text) 33500013343371 New On holds shelf -

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  • ISBN: 9781250756121
  • ISBN: 125075612X
  • Physical Description: 272 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Flatiron Books, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Part I: The Circumstances of Our Birth -- Part II: The Denial of Our Existence -- Part III: Our Men and Marriages -- Part IV: The Birth of Our Children -- Part V: Our Trials, Tribulations, and Tragedies -- Part VI: Loving Our Sons -- Part VII: Losing Our Sons -- Part VIII: The Circumstances of Our Death -- Conclusion: Our Lives Will Not Be Erased.
Summary, etc.:
"In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them, who were all born at the beginning of the 20th century and forced to contend with the prejudices of Jim Crow as Black women. Berdis, Alberta, and Louise passed their knowledge to their children with the hope of helping them to survive in a society that would deny their humanity from the very beginning-from Louise teaching her children about their activist roots, to Berdis encouraging James to express himself through writing, to Alberta basing all of her lessons in faith and social justice. These women used their strength and motherhood to push their children toward greatness, all with a conviction that every human being deserves dignity and respect despite the rampant discrimination they faced. These three mothers taught resistance and a fundamental belief in the worth of Black people to their sons, even when these beliefs flew in the face of America's racist practices and led to ramifications for all three families' safety. The fight for equal justice and dignity came above all else for the three mothers. These women, their similarities and differences, as individuals and as mothers, represent a piece of history left untold and a celebration of Black motherhood long overdue"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 January #1
    *Starred Review* Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin were all born within five years of each other in the 1920s. While their lives have been extensively documented, this intriguing triple biography of their mothers—Alberta King, Louise Little, and Berdis Baldwin—covers new territory and offers insights into Black women's lives during the early twentieth century. These three women's backgrounds could not have been more different. Alberta was the cherished only child of a respected Atlanta minister, Louise was raised by her grandparents in Grenada, and Bertis grew up with her widowed father, a fisherman from Chesapeake Bay. All three would live to see their sons become famous, and all three would see their sons die way too soon. Tubbs does a masterful job of interweaving the facts of these women's lives into the evolving social and political histories of civil rights, including accounts of the horrific injustices suffered by women of color. This book arose out of Tubbs' doctoral dissertation on Black motherhood. Her passion to give voices to overlooked people of color is evident, and her storytelling is compelling. This important piece of scholarship and profoundly personal portrayal of African American women deserves a wide audience.Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020 Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Anna Malaika Tubbs is a Cambridge Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and a Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge Scholar. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a BA in Anthropology, Anna received a Master's from the University of Cambridge in Multidisciplinary Gender Studies. Outside of the academy she is an educator, DEI consultant, and the First Partner of Stockton, CA. She lives with her husband, the mayor of Stockton, Michael Tubbs, and their son Michael Malakai.

Subject: King, Alberta Williams, 1904-1974.
Little, Louise Langdon, 1897-1989.
Baldwin, Emma Berdis Jones, -1999.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 > Family.
X, Malcolm, 1925-1965 > Family.
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987 > Family.
African American mothers > Biography.
African American families > Biography.
African Americans > Civil rights > History > 20th century.
Racism > United States > History > 20th century.
United States > Race relations > History > 20th century.
HISTORY / United States / General.
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
X, Malcolm, 1925-1965
African American families
African American mothers
African Americans > Civil rights
Race relations
United States
Genre: Biographies

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