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The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
Peniel E. Joseph upends longstanding preconceptions not only of the two figures, but also the civil rights movement and the era they came to define.
Book Talk: The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
with Peniel E. Joseph
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
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