[act-ma] 10/22 Dr. Peniel Joseph on MLK and Malcom X.

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Tue Oct 20 11:19:58 PDT 2020

An online conversation with Kevin Peterson and Dr. Peniel Joseph on MLK 
and Malcom X.

Public · Hosted by Boston Public Library 
and The New Democracy Coalition 

Thursday Oct. 22 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

On line event Tickets 

We are elated to announce that Dr. Peniel Joseph will join us for an 
evening of discussion about his new double biography of Martin Luther 
King Jr. and Malcolm X. It is a stunning account of two men shaped and 
molded in Boston. Dr. Joseph is among our nation's top historians.

Popular accounts of the 1960s-era civil rights movement are often 
reduced to the story of two extraordinary visionaries: Malcolm X and 
Martin Luther King Jr. In his book The Sword and the Shield Peniel E. 
Joseph argues that by focusing on their differing doctrines of 
self-defense versus nonviolence, we’ve been blind to the scope of their 
shared activism and communion. Join Kevin Peterson andDr. Peniel Joseph 
of a forthcoming biography on King, for a online conversation about how 
the legacies of these civil rights leaders informs the current struggle 
for racial justice.
This 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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