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

Written by:
Peniel E. Joseph
Narrated by:
Zeno Robinson

Unabridged Audiobook

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Book
4
Narrator
2
Release Date
March 2020
Duration
11 hours 51 minutes
Summary
This "landmark" (Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times–bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist) dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the twentieth century's most iconic African American leaders   To most Americans, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. represent contrasting ideals: self-defense vs. nonviolence, black power vs. civil rights, the sword vs. the shield. The struggle for black freedom is wrought with the same contrasts. While nonviolent direct action is remembered as an unassailable part of American democracy, the movement's militancy is either vilified or erased outright.

In The Sword and the Shield, Peniel E. Joseph upends these misconceptions and reveals a nuanced portrait of two men who, despite markedly different backgrounds, inspired and pushed each other throughout their adult lives. This is a strikingly revisionist biography, not only of Malcolm and Martin, but also of the movement and era they came to define.  
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Sergio C.

This book is both informative and just an excellent walk through these two men's lives. I know biographies and more intimate accounting matter, but this book will show you the undeniable link between racism of the 50s to 70s and the struggles of PoC today. I highly recommend it.

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