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The Three Mothers

The Three Mothers

How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped A Nation

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"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"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Flatiron Books,, 2021.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9781250756121
125075612X
Branch Call Number: 306.8743089 TU
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 25 cm

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Anna Malaika Tubbs explores the mothers who raised three of America's most iconic civil rights era heroes-Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Berdis, Alberta, and Louise were all born at the beginning of the 20th century in the era of Jim Crow. "These women used their stre... Read More »

March 2021 selection---------"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... Read More »


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Apr 06, 2021

Alberta King. Louise Little. Berdis Baldwin.
Three women whose sons would become iconic. Yet, these women are remarkable in their own rights. Anna Malaika Tubbs presents us with a well -researched exploration of the lives of these influential and remarkable women. Tubbs dives into the before and after – the history and people that shaped each woman as well as her life after her son dies.
Tubbs helps the reader to understand the times by recounting incidents that were shaping this country. Each woman’s story is braided with the other when possible. This becomes a more fascinating work as their stories progress.
Not only will THE THREE MOTHERS join the ever-growing cannon for each man, but Tubbs left room for others to further explore the lives of Alberta King, Louise Little and Berdis Baldwin. Whether it is how Michael L. King became Martin Luther King or the King family resistance to a lone wolf theory of King’s assassination, there is space for other authors to investigate.

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